Friday, February 23, 2007

Missing The Point

So Zumbo has been canned by his sponsors, the magazine and his TV show- but he still doesn't get it. War On Guns linked to this post by him over at Nugent's forum and I've selected some highlights-

As a guy who hunts 200 days a year, does seminars on hunting, wrote for six hunting magazines, had a hunting TV show, and wrote 20 books on hunting, how could I have been so ignorant and out of touch with reality in the world of hunting and shooting?

I saw one “black” firearm in a hunting camp in all my 50 years of hunting, and I shot one last year off a boat when fishing in Alaska. To tell the truth, it was fun and I enjoyed it immensely, but I never considered one for use in hunting. I have to tell you that I have had a revelation. I’m learning that many of my pals own AR-15’s and similar firearms and indeed use them for hunting. I was totally unaware that they were being used for legitimate hunting purposes. That is the absolute truth.

I will continue to stand as firm on pro hunting as I’ve ever done. But what’s different now is that I’ll do all I can to educate others who are, or were, as ignorant as I was about “black” rifles and the controversy that surrounds them. My promise to you is that I’ll learn all I can about these firearms, and by the time this week is out, I’ll order one. The NUGE has invited me to hunt with him using AR-15’s, and I’m eager to go, and learn. I’ll do all I can to spread the word.

Not a single mention of the Second Amendment, not a single mention of guns in any other context save for hunting. He's obviously completely oblivious to why there was such outrage over what he said- it had nothing to do with ARs being suitable for hunting, and everything to do with the right to keep and bear arms. And he still doesn't understand that. He's still "pro hunting"- which is an important distinction from being pro-gun.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Zumbo's interest is solely hunting. Second Amendment supporters may be hunters, too, be are primarily interested in defense of self, family, and country. But mostly they're two different "species" who happen to use the same tools. Zumbo's sin was in dumping on a group of which he is not a part. So of course he doesn't "get it." We should pity him for his "Mel Gibson/Michael Richards" moment, though, as it was really just a cry for help. A good "sensitivity counseling" program is probably required. Jesse? Al?