OUTDOORS CELEB JOURNO UNDER ASSAULT FOR COMMENTS: Longtime OUTDOOR LIFE hunting editor Jim Zumbo, who is also the author of numerous books and a cable TV host, has had his professional life collapse in the past two weeks - because he suggested in an online blog that automatic weapons be banned from hunting.
For non-hunters, that doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but for Zumbo, who has ironically has been a member of the NRA for 40 years, it was an unpardonable sin.
In his OUTDOOR LIFE blog, Zumbo wrote on Feb. 16: “The guides on our hunt tell me that the use of AR and AK rifles have a rapidly growing following among hunters, especially prairie dog hunters. I had no clue.
“I call them ‘assault’ rifles, which may upset some people. I’ll go so far as to call them ‘terrorist’ rifles.
“In my humble opinion, these things have no place in hunting. We don’t need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them, which is an obvious concern.
“As hunters, we don’t need the image of walking around the woods carrying one of these weapons. To most of the public, an assault rifle is a terrifying thing. Let’s divorce ourselves from them.”
Zumbo has since apologized profusely for his post, to no avail. He was essentially fired by Outdoor Life, and more importantly, his TV show has been canceled, and his numerous endorsement deals have all been terminated.
Gary Garth of LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL clues in the clueless on why Zumbo’s professional life is in ashes, for making what seemed, at least to the non-cold, dead finger crowd, an innocuous comment: “Zumbo was assailed for what his critics viewed as his nonsupport of the Second Amendment, elitism, snobbery and various other characteristics not suitable for print in a family newspaper.
“He had struck a raw, festering nerve among a sizable segment of recreational shooters and hunters who are “black rifle” aficionados, along with many other gun owners and Second Amendment supporters.”
Translation: To card carrying NRA members, when you suggest a ban on any gun, all guns will soon be banned.
Pat Wray of the CORVALLIS (OR) GAZETTE has the final word on a story dripping with irony: “It is ironic — and tragic — that the NRA’s message, so effectively delivered for so many years, has come back to ruin the professional life of one of their own.“