Saturday, February 24, 2007

The fascism of the NRA

After a noted and respected hunter named Jim Zumbo made a comment on his blog about how he did not think there was any reason for hunters to use assault rifles in hunting. The National Rifle Association and the gun industry came down hard on Mr. Zumbo. It seems freedom of speech does not sit well with the National Rifle Association especially where opinions about guns by even their own members are concerned. Perhaps they should change their name to the Fascist Rifle Association.


Ingemar Osterlund said...

I agree with BCP. I also agree with Jim Zumbo. Military style assault weapons do not belong in the sport of hunting.

Kevin said...

"The NRA" didn't have anything to do with this. Thousands of angry readers did. What happened to Jim Zumbo occurred over a holiday weekend, and was substantially complete by Tuesday. The NRA can't get off its ass that fast.

Freedom of speech does not come with freedom from the consequences of that speech, at least not in the firearms community anymore.

Anonymous said...

liar. the nra had nothing to do with it. neither did the gun industry. Customers of gun makers did.

And regarding free speech, what kevin said. Idiot.

BCP said...

Kevin & Anon:

First thanks for dropping by BCP.

NRA had nothing to do with it?

"The reaction -- from tens of thousands of owners of assault rifles across the country, from media and manufacturers rooted in the gun business, and from the National Rifle Association -- has been swift, severe and unforgiving."

"The NRA on Thursday pointed to the collapse of Zumbo's career as an example of what can happen to anyone, including a "fellow gun owner," who challenges the right of Americans to own or hunt with assault-style firearms."

Pretty severe don't you think that NRA would cut loose a respected forty year member of the organization for an opinion that Military assault weapons should not be used in hunting. Zumbo was not even talking about banning them. But, not one ounce of support from the NRA. Some gun owners were outraged for sure. But, the NRA did nothing to stop the firing squad from taking Zumbo out. In fact gave a warning to others that differences of opinion in regards to the use assault weapons even in hunting situations will not be tolerated. It seems from that statement everybody in that organization will be required to march in goose step from now on.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the NRA was late to this party. Zumbo made is comment on a Friday, the NRA issued it's first press statement the following Thursday. I think Outdoor Life pulled this blog on Monday or Tuesday after getting thouands of comments by gun owners.

You would have to do some digging, but it's all out there. google up some gun blogger posts.

Don't trust anything the WaPo says about the NRA or firearms in general.