I’m unfamiliar with the MySpace page ostensibly run for or by the Brady Campaign, but they glommed on to Jim Zumbo’s article almost as rapidly as the gun community did:
With important writers such as this on our side, it is clear that we have a cultural imperative to remove dangerous terrorist rifles from our streets, and our woods.
(Emphasis mine.) They then go on to reproduce the post in its entirety with this supplement:
PS from the Brady Campaign:
We’ve read his apology. Stop copying and pasting it. If we wanted to post it, it would have been included already. Thanks to a few individuals who attempted to spam-post it, comments are now moderated for this blog post. We will still post comments from all viewpoints, as we respect and cherish the first amendment, but you have only those who refused to respect our requests to thank when you have to wait for your comment to be approved.
He apologized? I’ve got to see if I can find that. In comments, the “BradyCampaign” insists:
His statement is obviously a forced and insincere retraction brought about by the financial pressure of the Gun Lobby. One only needs to observe the comments on his apology blog post to see how most gun owners do not agree with it.
Right. The gun lobby. That’d be the couple thousand of us who have written scathing rebukes and insisted A) that we would not subscribe to Outdoor Life, and B) not buy products from sponsors of Zumbo. That “lobby.”
You see, it’s only a “grass-roots movement” if it’s fully funded by George Soros and has a paid administrative staff.
P.S.: He did apologize:
Someone once said that to err is human. I just erred, and made without question, the biggest blunder in my 42 years of writing hunting articles.
My blog inflamed legions of people I love most….. hunters and shooters. Obviously, when I wrote that blog, I activated my mouth before engaging my brain.
Let me explain the circumstances surrounding that blog. I was hunting coyotes, and after the hunt was over and being beat up by 60 mph winds all day, I was discussing hunting with one of the young guides. I was tired and exhausted, and I should have gone to bed early. When the guide told me that there was a “huge” following of hunters who use AR 15’s and similar weapons to hunt prairies dogs, I was amazed. At that point I wrote the blog, and never thought it through.
Now then, you might not believe what I have to say, but I hope you do. How is it that Zumbo, who has been hunting for more than 50 years, is totally ignorant about these types of guns. I don’t know. I shot one once at a target last year, and thought it was cool, but I never considered using one for hunting. I had absolutely no idea how vast the numbers of folks are who use them.
I never intended to be devisive, and I certainly believe in United we Stand, Divided we Fall. I’ve been an NRA member for 40 years, have attended 8 national NRA conventions in the last 10 years, and I’m an advisory board member for the United States Sportsmen’s Alliance which actively fights anti-hunters and animal rights groups for hunter’s rights.
What really bothers me are some of the unpatriotic comments leveled at me. I fly the flag 365 days a year in my front yard. Last year, through an essay contest, I hosted a soldier wounded in Iraq to a free hunt in Botswana. This year, through another essay contest, I’m taking two more soldiers on a free moose and elk hunt.
When I started blogging, I was told to write my thoughts, expressing my own opinion. The offensive blog I wrote was MY opinion, and no one else’s. None of the companies that I deal with share that opinion, nor were they aware of what I had written until this firestorm started.
Believe it or not, I’m your best friend if you’re a hunter or shooter, though it might not seem that way. I simply screwed up. And, to show that I’m sincere about this, I just talked to Ted Nugent, who everyone knows, and is a Board member of the NRA. Ted is extremely active with charities concerning our wounded military, and though he’s known as a bowhunter, Ted has no problem with AR 15’s and similar firearms. My sincerity stems from the fact that Ted and I are planning a hunt using AR 15’s. I intend to learn all I can about them, and again, I’m sorry for inserting my foot in my mouth.
No, Jim, you expressed your true opinion.
The question remains, though, if you’ll educate yourself enough to alter that opinion.
“I had absolutely no idea how vast the numbers of folks are who use them.” That was obvious. “I never intended to be devisive, and I certainly believe in United we Stand, Divided we Fall. I’ve been an NRA member for 40 years, have attended 8 national NRA conventions in the last 10 years, and I’m an advisory board member for the United States Sportsmen’s Alliance which actively fights anti-hunters and animal rights groups for hunter’s rights.” Have you done anything to protect shooting ranges (for reasons other than sight-in weekend for the Fudds?) Fought any “assault weapon” legislation? I sincerely doubt it.
“Ted (Nugent) and I are planning a hunt using AR 15’s. I intend to learn all I can about them, and again, I’m sorry for inserting my foot in my mouth.” That’s more like it.
Blogging is an off-the-cuff thing. People can say things that they later regret, but if you’re a high-profile “name” in the community, the falls are a lot longer, and the landings a lot rougher.
ETA: Best comment from the new thread:
Coyote hunting trip – $1750.00
Single shot rifle – $300
Six-pack of beer after the hunt – $4.50
Drunken posting revealing your true feelings – Priceless
See that little light flashing on your dashboard? That’s the “Need New Job” signal.
Apology not accepted. You called me, a combat vet and proud gun owner, a terrorist.
Posted by: J.T. | February 18, 2007 at 04:31 PM
Let me check… Uh, yeah, he did. Only two corrections: I’d imagine one of Jimbo’s single-shots would price out at closer to $3k than $300, and I’m thinking single-malt rather than beer.