Friday, November 21, 2008

Another hunter who doesn't "get it"

(Via Ride Fast & Shoot Straight)

Some gun owners still don't "get" the Second Amendment. They don't understand why we "gun nuts" could possible want one of "those rifles", why we won't accept "common sense gun laws" and why we won't "compromise". Bill Schneider is yet another one of those gun owners. It wouldn't be so bad if he was just your next door neighbor, but Mr. Bill Schneider writes for New West Travel and Outdoors, so he has a nice big bully pulpit to speak from. He thinks the NRA should stick to gun rights and that what happened to Dan Cooper was a "fiasco".

Mr. Schneider is perfectly OK with throwing some gun owners under the bus, as long as he can keep his hunting rifle. He apparently didn't get the memo about those "common sense gun laws" that would ban "high power sniper rifles" such as the Ruger 77, the Remington Model 700 and the Winchester Model 70.

He also, against all evidence to the contrary, believes that Barak Obama doesn't support gun control.

So what do we do? Slapping them down, one after the other, is like playing some bizarre game of whack-a-mole where the timer never runs out. Besides that, it doesn't work, since it's obvious that these guys not only don't get it, they don't want to. They don't want to leave that comfortable world where the Second Amendment isn't about protecting We The People from a government run amok, but instead is about hunting.

Mr. Schneider, I hope your chains rest lightly upon you.

(Ride Fast's thoughts on the subject are here.)

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