The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Sweet smoking Cthulhu, that gave me chills, and that's pretty rare.
In his earlier iteration, he represents (I think) a significant portion of gun owners in this country.
And yes, it's scary.
Unfortunately, Zumbo is being quoted by an anti-institutionalists on the Senate floor when arguing for Komrad McKarthy's new "assault weapons" ban. While mostly gun owners will read "Confessions", the sheeple in this country will be force-fed what they're to believe by the "Ban Evil Boomsticks" crowd. Besides that, "Confessions" sounds like an NRA ad (or another "Let's Get Warm Fuzzies With Zumbo Now Because He's Seen the Light And Should Be "Welcomed Back Into Polite Society" therapy session). And how long did it take for them to disassociate with Zumbo?
Yes, we need everyone on the Second Amendment front. But out on the front line instead of sitting around the campfire with THE NUGE or writing touchy-feely "I've SEEN the light!" articles that seems to be more preaching to the choir than anything else.
Civis, so are you dissing the NRA or just jabbing them slightly. I curious to hear what you think as I found your post insightful.
Neither. This really has nothing to do with the NRA directly. If anything, it's a finger to those who believe the response to Zumbo's buffoonery was orchestrated by That Great Satan, the NRA. Because thats just not the case by any stretch of the truth. Thousands (millions?) of gun-owning Citizens stood up and took Mr. Zumbo to task for his elitist mentality. Not the NRA. And now we see Mr. Zumbo quoted on the Senate floor and the NRA credited for the subsequent results. My point being its much easier for the anti-constitutionalists to demonize an entity rather that the people. "The reaction from NRA officials was swift and callous." sounds much better than "The reaction from millions of law-abiding, gun-owning Citizens was swift and callous." Average Joe Sheeple will injest that right along with the other leftist lies (and "Hunting Professional Zumbo" quotes) and is provided a focus away from reality. Only by keeping those who don't think from thinking will the anti-constitutionalists even have a chance at their ultimate goal, total firearms ban. See the late, great United Kingdom for an example of the hilariously sad results of that goal.
This is the money quote:
"You can talk until you are blue in the face about all your rights, but, if the day ever comes when the government decides they no longer apply, what are you and I - what are "We The People - going to do about it?"
Most people are still under the illusion that your vote means anything in regards to policy. Do you really think the government is going to give power back without the threat of revolution? Now the only question is what is going to spark it? How much will people take before they are up in arms or will they just roll over when the time comes?
Why does Zumbo have an "elitist" mentatlity? To me, he was simply expressing his opinion and I found the reaction to what he said apalling. Are all gun owners supposed to be in absolute agreement about everything?
The only mention I heard of any of this was in my local paper in the weekly column about hunting with the columnist lamenting the fact that Zumbo was ex-commicated from the brotherhood.
When the expression is "mine are OK, yours are 'terrorist weapon'" that's elitism born out of ignorance.
Dig a little further into the controversy.
It's my recollection that the Zumbo quote hit the internet at the beginning of a long weekend, and that by the opening of business the next week he was out of a job and off (or going off) of endorsement lists. The NRA wasn't even open for business while all of that occurred, it was truly a grass roots response across the shooting spectrum.
As far as his return from purgatory goes, it is wonderful that he claims to have "seen the light" now, but the language of his rant combined with his (then) status in the industry gave a weapon to the antis that cannot be reclaimed or turned off. No matter how much he recants and withdraws and denies, his article will be quoted as long as the other side thinks it will be useful. This is PERMANENT damage to our side. He SHOULD repent for having done it, and he SHOULD work long and hard to convince people of the opposite of what he once felt.
But until his damage is undone, I for one will NOT forgive his doing it.
Title: The Constitutional Bedrock
Excerpt: In the midst of a decent article, this statement absolutely leapt out at me for its simplicity and power:
[T]he right to keep and bear arms truly is the bedrock upon which our Constitution rests…. You can talk all day about your right to free sp...
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