For the last several days I’ve been visiting all manner of blogs and chatrooms, which has reminded me of when I used to deliver used clothing to the local mental hospital. I’ve tried to make some sense of it all, but because the waters are still full of blood and body parts continue to rain from the sky, I haven’t come up with any Great Truths.We're still learning too, Dave, but the dynamic has shifted.
Here's a lesson, Mr. Petzal. Zumbo called for the banning of certain firearms simply because they don't look like a scoped deer rifle. He called them terrorist rifles. Within hours, the Brady Bunch had picked up his comments and trumpeted that a respected hunting writer had called for a ban on assault rifles. Reading his words was like being stabbed in the back by a trusted uncle.
We've got to be careful when we talk about banning some weapons. Back in the day when I was raising children, my second son wanted to hunt and was old enough to sit on his own stand. The only rifle I could afford for him at the time was an SKS, which cost about $150.00. Poor folks like to hunt, too. Some can't afford $1000.00 rifles and $500.00 scopes. That $100 Mauser (a true military arm) imported from Europe suits them just fine.
The bigger lesson, Mr. Petzal, is that since 1994 the RKBA crowd has learned to mobilize. The internet lets millions of us exchange ideas, talk to our Congressmen, network with others, and even.. yes.. call for the firing of someone who works for a major outdoor magazine and calls us terrorists.
Mr. Petzal. The dynamic has shifted. We're the customers that drive the major chains and they listen to us. Their ear is as close as my Send button.
Hat tip to Xavier.