A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, February 23, 2007

Jim Zumbo Finally Gets It

From Ted Nugent's forum after several false starts:
"Thank you all for letting me speak. Yes, I know the 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with hunting and hunting guns, and yes, I promise you I am now dedicated to educate all shooters that we must all stick together regardless of our gun choices, and also tolerate the firearms others may choose to use if they are dissimilar to ours. I will do everything I can, within my power as a journalist and public speaker, to protect the 2nd Amendment and America’s gun owners." Jim Zumbo
Mr. Zumbo later agreed that "respect" would be a better word choice than "tolerate".

Denny Hansen has offered to allow Zumbo to attend one of his AR courses which focus on the defensive and tactical use of the AR. It appears Zumbo has accepted. All that is well and good, but it is largely irrelevant. Who cares if Jim Zumbo ever touches an AR? I, frankly, don't give a damn.

From the outset, this blogswarm was about an influential figure in the gun owning community who advocated division in the gun owning ranks. Rather than dividing, the gun owning community came together. Zumbo found himself ostracized. Shunned. Divorced.

What is relevant is Mr. Zumbo seems to have come to the understanding that the second amendment has nothing to do with hunting. He seems to have reached the conclusion that all free men should be allowed to own any firearm they damned well please. That is what is relevant. I, personally, can now accept his apology. It is up to him to decide what he wants to do now. It matters little to me, as long as he doesn't endanger our rights again. Godspeed Mr. Zumbo. I hope you find redemption.

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Blogger Chris Tune said...

I think too much evil has been heaped on this Zumbo dumbo. . .It is not fitting that the guy loses his entire livlihood because he expresses an opinion.

I also like that this guy NOW, is getting into the other side of the argument and has publicly appologised. This is the kind of behavior we expect from traditional values kinds of folks.

Meanwhile, it is worth noting that the lib media is gloating over the NRA and other gun owners having pilloried the guy - (I found the article prominently displayed on MSNBC along with all their other lib crap).

We have to keep perspective and fight REAL fights not imagined ones. The thing to do is to save our energy for EACH and EVERY instance when some idiot offers legislation, or a referendum on 2nd amendment issues.

This is strickly media hype and media taking advantage of bloggers and NRA types who didn't stop to think before triggering Zumbo.

The guy is a HUNTER. And, apparently, all he focuses on is game hunting. So, no wonder he is not aware of military firearm issues.

You really should dissect this MSNBC article

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17307316/

It shows how the media is gloating and how they notice any instance where we "throw out the baby with the bathwater".

Chris Tune
Los Angeles

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Ryoushi said...

Love your blog Xavier. Zumbo was an easy target. He was vulnerable to the pressure brought to bear by the shooting community.

We have a huge fight coming up in ths next AWB and we are facing some pretty hard tagets. Our targets in this next fight are immune to Remington or Outdoor life boycotts because their "customers" are our sworn enemies, the gun control lobby.

Zumbo was easy and I'll admit it, for awhile it was fun but we'll have to fight much smarter from here on out. Sophmoric taunts like ZUMBO DUMBO or HITLERY will not cut it against The Center For Non Violence and Sarah Brady. If, this Zumbo flap is the best we can do, look we'll thouroughly "pwned" by Schumer & Co.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Porta's Cat said...

imagine that.

USe Zumbo to convince those that beleive (ed) as he does/did there error of their ways.

I wonder why I didn't think of that when this all went down?

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the floor of the US Senate, Powerful Anti-Gun Senator Carl Levin used Zumbo a reason that guns must be banned:


Mr. LEVIN. Mr. President, the National Rifle Association leadership has stated repeatedly that a ban on assault weapons is ineffective and unnecessary. They assert that guns labeled as assault weapons are rarely used in violent crimes and that most people use them for hunting. However, despite these repeated assertions, the list of

[Page: S3348]people speaking out against assault weapons continues to grow.
Jim Zumbo , an outdoors entrepreneur who lives in a log cabin near Yellowstone National Park, has spent much of his life writing for prominent outdoor magazines, delivering lectures across the country and who starred in a highly rated TV show about big-game hunting. Jim has been an NRA member for 40 years, and, according to his Web site, has appeared with NRA officials in 70 cities across the country. This relationship changed drastically when Jim expressed his commonsense opinion on assault weapons.

Last month, after learning that some hunters were using assault weapons to hunt prairie dogs, Jim expressed his thoughts in his personal blog on the Outdoor Life magazine website. He wrote:


Maybe I'm a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity. I'll go so far as to call them ``terrorist rifles.''


He continued by stating that in his:


..... humble opinion, these things have no place in hunting. We don't need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them, which is an obvious concern. I've always been comfortable with the statement that hunters don't use assault rifles. We've always been proud of our ``sporting firearms.''


The reaction from NRA officials was swift and callous. They immediately severed all ties with Mr. Zumbo . His TV program on the Outdoor Channel was canceled, and his longtime career with Outdoor Life magazine ended. In addition, many of his corporate ties to the biggest names in gun making, such as Remington Arms Co., were terminated.

Jim Zumbo has worked for years to improve the image of outdoorsmen. As he put it:


As hunters, we don't need the image of walking around the woods carrying one of these weapons. To most of the public, an assault rifle is a terrifying thing. Let's divorce ourselves from them. I say game departments should ban them from the prairies and woods.


We all owe Jim Zumbo a debt of gratitude for his forthrightness, his honesty and his courage. We must put the safety of our communities first by taking up and passing sensible gun legislation that includes renewing the assault weapons ban.


(Congressional Record, page S3347, March 20, 2007)

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my, isn't that right. Sensible legislation. Is there such a thing in this Communist States of America? It makes me sick to think that when I fought for this country, these tratorous polititions were back here living the good life, trying to take away the rights and freedoms we were fighting to protect!

3:13 PM  

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