A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, February 23, 2007

Who's Next?

David E. Petzal, that's who.

Petzal is another MSM gun writer who has failed to understand the new world of blogging, and the internet's ability to arm the shooting community proletariat against elitist gun rag bullshit. He now supports Jim Zumbo. What does he think of the the 2nd amendment? In 1994, as a writer for Field & Stream, he urged hunters to support the "assault weapon" ban in the vain hope that their guns would be spared. To wit:
"Gun owners -- all gun owners -- pay a heavy price for having to defend the availability of these weapons. The American public -- and the gun-owning public; especially the gun-owning public -- would be better off without the hardcore military arms, which puts the average sportsman in a real dilemma. An Uzi or an AKM or an AK-47 should be no more generally available than a Claymore mine or a block of C4 explosive." David E. Petzal 1994

I think LCDR Jim Dodd, USN (Ret.)said it better than I could.....
"Mr. Petzal,

You told us you would ban assault weapons the last time around, and I expect your editors deflected the storm of replies (maybe the shower of written, snail mail replies in those days).

Mr. Zumbo was buried by a blogswarm, you can be the next old and lame MSM type to learn bloggin 101 as my friend says.

I did a career in the military making the world safe, and keeping you free to say what you want. I don't have to like what you say, and I don't.

You are an elitist, and a poor writer who must depend on name calling because your position is bereft of logic.

Say "hello" to Sarah on the way out.

LCDR Jim Dodd, USN (Ret.)"

Thank you for your service Commander Dodd. Get a clue burrito and eat it Petzal. Stay tuned indeed.

David Codrea weighs in.

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Anonymous Billy Sparks said...

I find it interesting on that there is no way to make a comment to his blog. I guess as opposed to calling owners of "black rifles" terroists he feels it is safer to call those of us that frequest gun boards "patients of a mental hospital"

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to bring up the sorry story of the bannana republic, but it does no harm to see what lies further down the road that some would take us along...

Back in 1987 when semi autos were to be banned in Britain, the British NRA (no relation to yours in any sense of the word, it was an incestuous target shooting club) and a load of snooty grouse and pheasant shooters rushed to support the proposed ban, as "no one actually needed a semi'".

In 1997 when pistols were to be banned, the largest shooting body (BASC) fought brilliantly for all shooting sports, the leading british gun mag (guns review)was doing likewise until Michael Hessletine, a Millionaire Tory politician, bought the struggling publisher and closed the magazine, for fear of the damage it was doing to his party in the run up to the '97 election (which his party lost).

Thank God for blogging, now we can communicate without having a bunch of establishment figures censoring us for their own ends.

8:20 AM  
Blogger José Giganté said...

One thing that bothers me about a lot of the Zumbo defenders. Since when is someone who wants to ban guns "one of us"?

IMO, once you take that stand, you cease at that very moment to be "one of us"

9:28 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

let us not forget that the bolt action mausers and M1 garands were the EBR's of their day as well. Petzal is dead and buried, he just hasn't figured it out yet.

12:09 PM  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

It appears that the Hunter-Fisher Industry and their mouthpieces in the Magazine trade don't care about the 2nd Amendment except as a sop to their own narrow interest and leisure time activities - and probably even feel competetive about it as far as their magazine sales and ad-revenues go comapred to gun-magazines.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

You will note that both magazines are published by Time.... it would appear to be a corporate policy.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Kristopher said...

A 1994 quote of Petzel's:

“The American public—and the gun-owning public; especially the gun-owning public—would be better off without the hardcore military arms, which puts the average sportsman in a real dilemma. An Uzi or an AKM or an AK-47 should be no more generally available than a Claymore mine or a block of C4 explosive.”

The NRA dumped him and F& S magazine for that statement. It was dumb of him to remind us of his existence.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous T. Hernlund said...

"A United States in which someone can be ruined for voicing an unpopular opinion is a dangerous place. Today it was Jim’s turn. Tomorrow it may be yours."

I've actually been saying something similar for a long time in the defense of gun rights. Even posted it once recently here (the orange bit). Basically, it doesn't matter what the freedom they take or if you care about it. They succeed in taking a freedom I enjoy, soon they'll start after one YOU enjoy. Double-edged sword.

I could forgive Jim Zumbo "the man" if I was a friend of his. He did a dumbass thing. Moron! Hey, I do dumbass things sometimes, and are often called out on them. Life then proceeds. But I don't know him. As such, when one does something so mind-numbingly stupid as he has, it becomes impossible to forgive the only Jim Zumbo I do know; Jim Zumbo "the public figure".

Certainly Jim Zumbo should pay dearly for his remarks (as he has), and Mr. Petzal sort of implies that he is being wronged by the blogsphere. But I read it a different way, prehaps in an unintended way. What I see this this: While we barbeque Jim Zumbo we need to keep a very close eye on the fire, lest we inadvertently burn down the forest.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Yuri Orlov said...

Petzal responds...


7:51 PM  

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