Jim Zumbo, Heretic

 

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This parable of outdoorsman and hunter Jim Zumbo demonstrates quite aptly the same pathological zeal we see in some of the pro-life movement–the over-seriousness of certain folks who tend to label allies as heretics if they don’t adopt the predominant group-think.

Jim Zumbo posted on his blog, with regard to semi-automatic weaponry:

Excuse me, maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity. As hunters, we don’t need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them. . . . I’ll go so far as to call them ‘terrorist’ rifles.

This news story summarizes the wrath and hate directed against a man who is an NRA member, hunter, gun proponent, and by his opponents’ concession, “a good guy.” I surfed a few hunting and gun blogs, and I have to say Zumbo’s detractors are cut from the same cloth assome of St Blogs’ more vicious heresy-hunters.

People hunt prairie dogs with automatic weapons. You’d think it would be more sporting to shoot animals to eat and do it in a sort-of challenging way, like with a rifle or a bow and arrow or maybe a rubberband and paper clip. But hey, you might expect me to say something like that.

Mr Zumbo suggests that maybe automatic weaponry isn’t a sporting choice for hunters and the whole hunting blogosphere is up in arms … well, they’re up in more arms, I guess and the guy is handed his head on a platter. And we all have to admit that the AK weapons his comrades-in-arms use are not dissimilar from AK military weapons adopted by terrorists. And let’s be clear: Zumbo didn’t call his hunting buddies terrorists. He used “terrorist” as an adjective for a certain class of firearm. He didn’t call for the repeal of the Second Amendment; he stated a choice. Maybe a rather old-fashioned choice. I suppose for people who are their gun, calling the gun a name was the same as calling them the t-word. You connect the dots from there, armchair psychologists.

It didn’t look too different from the folks who utter “seamless garment” and might suggest that the political arm of the pro-life movement has been out-maneuvered or maybe just made some bad calls–and end up consigned to a hell hotter and deeper than that reserved for pro-choice non-Catholics.

The truth of it is that a close betrayal–however it’s been cross-wired into the head of a True Believer–is indeed worse than the enemy at the gates. Zumbo loses his gig as a writer and commentator for a magazine and a tv show, too, I think. Thing of it is, he’s probably a fairly staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. He even apologized and offered to blow away game on his next hunting trip with an assault rifle.

Too late, Jim. You’ve already been branded with the big H. End of story.

Chalk up another one for the modern Western Culture of Victimhood (poor persecuted gun owners valiantly defending a besieged Constitution!) and the cult of Thermonuclear Chain Overreaction (somebody disagrees with me, so I’ll bury them after I kick their butt).

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7 Responses to Jim Zumbo, Heretic

  1. Gavin says:

    What’s the internet come to when we blast the gun-blogosphere for being as crazy as the conservative Catholic blogosphere?

  2. Tony says:

    Mr Zumbo suggests that maybe automatic weaponry isn’t a sporting choice for hunters and the whole hunting blogosphere is up in arms …

    I’m a hunter, and I don’t see any use for a fully automatic weapon with regards to hunting. However, the Second Amendment is not about hunting. It is about being able to protect us from a government grown despotic.

    If the government’s agents have full automatic weapons, we ought to we able to also (and this should possibly come with mandatory training and service in the military for 2 years).

    So color me loony :)

  3. Rob says:

    Well, nobody hunts with automatic weapons – where do you guys pick this stuff up?

    “You’d think it would be more sporting to shoot animals to eat and do it in a sort-of challenging way, like with a rifle”

    Hhhmm. They _are_ rifles. Rather ordinary ones, in fact, and hunting with one is no less challenging than with any of a myriad of other repeating rifles that happen to look prettier.

    It occurs to me you’ve been lied to. Most people find that offensive, and would like to know who would do that. And why.

  4. Jimmy Mac says:

    Tony: consider yourself colored as such.

    Actually, what color is paranoia such as yours?

  5. Todd says:

    I wonder what the reaction would have been if Japanese-Americans had decided to arm against FDR’s “despotic” policies during WWII.

    If a despotic government wants to get you, Tony, they will do so more easily if you decide to stay and fight than if you were to cut and run, so to speak.

  6. Darwin says:

    Rob’s right, there’s no question of fully automatic weapons being used for hunting. Nor are AKs generally used (even for prarie dogs) at all. (You might use an M-16 type rifle, but an AK shoots too large a bullet, and is highly inaccurate to boot.)

    The kind of semi-auto rifles which are used for hunting generally look nothing like assault rifles — in part because most states outlaw the use of a magazine that carries more than 5 rounds for hunting.

    Which doesn’t mean that the response was out of proportion — but generally people without any gun familiarity fail to get what’s being talked about in these things, or are deliberately misled.

    I wonder what the reaction would have been if Japanese-Americans had decided to arm against FDR’s “despotic” policies during WWII.

    Well, they would have been right (they were despotic policies, and deeply cynical ones at that) — but also dead. The two are not mutually exclusive.

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