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).