More anti-“assault rifle” stupidity, from what some might consider an unlikely source. Unless, of course, I told you that this dolt Zumbo writes for Outdoor Life, which is owned by Time Warner. You might remember the OL clowns gave Jimmy Carter their Conservation Award a while back.
This fratricide is by no means unique; I remember well Bill Ruger’s betrayal of all gun owners back when this “assault rifle” bullshit started. Several of the NJ lawmakers who passed the NJ ban told me personally that if even our own agreed in a need for lower capacity firearms, they couldn’t justify opposing the ban. So I think that self-serving little shit made the NJ ban possible (it passed by one vote), and that’s why I’ll never own a Ruger. It’s also why I left NJ and won’t go back.
I also remember Colt’s cowardly decision made at the same time to stop selling “military” guns to the general public adding more fuel to the anti-gun fire. Unfortunately, I had already purchased a Colt AR-15, but I’ll never buy another Colt firearm. If they don’t trust me with a modern gun, I don’t trust them with my modern money. And then there’s Smith & Wesson’s craven pandering to Clinton’s DOJ, and their agreement to incorporate “smart gun” technology into their firearms, including fer crissakes, revolvers. Only an idiot would buy a revolver with any kind of lock on it – kinda defeats the whole no safety, instant response idea, doesn’t it? I won’t sell my S&W’s, but damn if I’ll ever buy another new one.
Most of the other firearm manufacturers remained mute or said equally stupid things, and left it to their customers to defend the existence of their business. There were plenty of “outdoor” writers/publications telling us no one needed an AK-47 to hunt deer then, too. Selling out their customers/audience is pretty much a way of life for these “pro-gun” idiots. And as much as we all like to bitch about the NRA, they were the only ones providing support for the counter-effort. The other gun orgs were happy to use that fiasco as a fund-raiser, and raked in some big bucks, but provided almost nothing in financial or organizational support to those of us leading the resistance to the bans, with the gun/outdoor mags being the most useless of all.
In short, pretty much the entire US firearms industry has fucked and continues to fuck over gun owners in this fight – why should OL be any different?
Update! Remington regrets “having to terminate our long-standing relationship with Mr. Zumbo, who is a well-respected writer and life-long hunter.” I guess this is just as believable as Remington’s claim they’ve “spent tens of millions of dollars defending our Second Amendment rights to privately own and possess firearms and we will continue to vigorously fight to protect these rights”, but you couldn’t prove it by me. They sure as shit didn’t give us any help against the Jersey ban, so where exactly is Remington spending these millions? And why aren’t my fellow gun rights advocates calling these phonies on these bogus claims? Here’s a news flash for Tommy Millner, Remington’s CEO: advertising your rifles in the NRA’s American Rifleman doesn’t constitute spending in defense of our Second Amendment rights.