First, read Tam here for the background:
“On Friday evening, a gunwriter who was apparently tired of his 42-year career put his word processor in his mouth and pulled the trigger.”
Old hunting writer Jim Zumbo called semiauto rifles “terrorist guns”, and said they should be banned.
Dumb, and ignorant. As anyone who knows me knows, I disagree with Zumbo.
I do not support the 1994 “Assault” weapons ban. I am an NRA Life member. I own a Russki SKS.
In Gun Nut, his old friend Dave Petzal, WHILE DISAGREEING, posted a limited defense of his old friend. Last I looked, there were over 400 comments, most insulting. Here is a sample.
“I am honestly starting to believe that a lot of these hick hunter types are actually socialists who found a copy of Mao and would like to see America fade into socialist aristocracy.”
[“Hick socialist aristocrat” may be the most unlikely and oxymoronic combination of words I have ever seen.]
“FUDD [ie, hunter] ignorance is a DANGEROUS thing to firearm ownership.”
I agree with the commentators below.
“1. The last time I was around anything this vicious, my mother-in-law was going after the last beer at my wedding reception.
2. We don’t need enemies, we got each other.
3. Now I understand the Salem Witch Trials.
4. Could some one arrange a truce before the NRA convention in April? I have enough stress in my life.”
(On Petzal’s affection for .50 caliber Barrets): “So here’s Petzal, espousing something I disagreed with completely. I thought he was dead wrong. I thought it was a dangerous idea, treasonous even, a slap to the very core values of fair chase. I even tried to cajole him into debating it on his blog.
“What I didn’t do was suggest he commit suicide, or wish him a painful death, or post his address and phone number with the implication that someone should pay him a visit. I didn’t gleefully participate in the destruction of his livelihood and then dance on the smoking embers of what used to be his life while backslapping and high-fiving the rest of the mob.
“Nope, despite the fact that I thought on this particular subject his head was clearly ensconsed way up his ass, I spoke my piece and moved on.
“I agreed to disagree without threat of legal action or violence which is apparently a disappearing art in this viral age. Now it seems no one is satisfied with less than the complete silencing and utter destruction of any opposing views.
“The fanatics among us (and what else can you call them?) have taken what should have been just a few unthinking, destined-to-be-forgotten remarks from an admittedly ill-informed and apparently less-than-tactful hunting writer in the perigee of his career and turned them into some kind of twisted pogrom that has attracted the very kind of attention from the antis it never would have done…if all you vociferous dumbasses out there had just shrugged it off and gone on, like sane, rational people do.”
“This will not end well.”
Yes, I AM asking for civility.
The money quote is from one of Derb’s readers: “One thing gun owners have learned the hard way is we got to stick together. The antigunners want to separate the hunters, from the pistol guys, from the Military rifle type guys– divide and conquer.”
Amen. We had best learn soon.