- Jun 26, 2014
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Very well said and I agree. People are absolutely delusional if they think that the two aren’t linked. They are even more so if they think that throwing black guns under the buss will make them go away. The goal of the left is to completely disarm us. Just like the goal of the antis to to completely shut down hunting in every form. The fact that people don’t see this is amazing to me. I see more people cutting off their noses in spite of their faces now than ever before.@CTDolan
I have encountered gun owners who believed in gun ownership for self defense but were anti hunting so your feelings on black rifles do go both ways. The wood and steel gun owners can offer up the black rifles as a sacrifice to the Brady Campaign but when PETA and HSUS come asking to ban all "trophy" hunting, do you think the majority of the black rifle owners who were thrown under the bus will care?
This has happened quite a bit in California. We had groups that helped get our "safe handgun" roster passed in exchange for a single action exemption. We've had police unions support more gun control for exemptions (and now after some high profile police shootings, there are some efforts to disarm the police). When the latest restrictions on lead ammunition for hunting or using dogs for bear and bobcat came along, we had people on our CA gun forums saying that it wasn't a 2A issue or that they didn't care as they didn't hunt.
My point is that we are all in this together and pursuing our own individual interests is not working and will not work long term. The people who oppose private gun ownership are fixated on the AR-15 right now but when those are banned they will not go away thinking their work is done, they will wait until the next tragedy and find another aspect of gun ownership to push. The same goes for hunting as PETA doesn't just oppose long range "sniper" hunting (which has come up here before), or hunting over bait, or trophy hunting. PETA opposes all hunting and when they get the low hanging fruit banned they will move onto the next thing.
The NRA is the largest gun rights organization in the US. They are also one of the largest hunting advocacy organizations as well. By uniting gun owners of all kinds both politically and financially, they have managed to expand gun rights throughout the nation for the last few decades, including a US Supreme Court ruling that the 2A is a personal right.
I do not believe that we have become more hated in the US. Perhaps more publicly vilified by the media and our political opponents. But that has only galvanized us and increased membership as people have begun to see the true colors of those demanding more gun control. I live in California and I am seeing more NRA bumper stickers than ever.
I am proud to support the NRA and I believe that it is in the best interest of all hunters to do so regardless of any personal antipathy to black rifles or tactical gun culture. If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.
I am a lifetime NRA supporter. I spent a career as a policeman and have seen the good and bad of black guns. Hell we got in a huge shooting a few years back with a dude with an AK. Not fun I promise but.... I absolutely support citizens owning AK’s and AR’s. To say that that we need to ban blk guns because people don’t need them is like saying we should ban elephants, giraffe, lions, etc... because we “shouldn’t” hunt them. I got news for you, a hellava lot more people die from car accidents than from gun violence in the US. Statistically blk guns are responsible for very few gun incidents.
As far as the yeti thing goes I don’t know what really happened and truly don’t care. If they wanna drop the NRA that’s fine I just won’t buy any more of their products. This whole thing has gone nuts and while I’m glad people are finally taking a stand wow are they picking the wrong battle. How bout taking all of this energy and patriotism and voting out these ass bag politicians that are try to destroy this country. How bout starting a huge campaign to write letters to USFW as well as both houses and the White House and say we’re not going to stand for this shit anymore. How bout writing to the same folks and telling them if they give 1 mm on the 2A we’ll vote their asses out.
We as hunter conservationists and 2 A constitutionists are great at winning all the battles but loosing the whole damned war. Our collective heads are shoved so far up our own asses it’s ridiculous. Hell we can’t agree on anything other than now the Yeti company is the devil. WTF how bout taking a stand where it counts.
Let’s say Yeti did drop the NRA and are a bunch of leftist douche canoes. Great, they go out of business then now what? Maybe other companies won’t take a political stand but that does nothing in the long run. The politicians don’t give a shit and your fooling yourself if you think it will send a message to them. They know we’re a bunch or unorganized grabastic nimrods. Why? Because we can’t agree on a damned thing and sure as shit can’t organize and rally to get their asses defeated in an election. Hell the Republican Party can’t even organize and agree on anything other than they don’t like Trump. WTF like him or hate him we’ve had an opportunity since November to kick some ass and nothing but a bunch of bickering has gone on.