Back in the 90s the anti-rights cult had their pinnacle moment. They passed the Brady Background check, an import ban on “non sporting arms” was created, and then they passed a ban on so-called “Assault Weapons” and magazines they deemed “High Capacity”.
Back then there were a LOT more people who supported gun control, this support was fairly common, and was bi-partisan. Still the biggest boon for this movement were gun owning sportsmen. These people have been labeled with the derogatory term “Fudd” after the foolish Loony Tunes character. They saw gun control as an inevitability, and banned together to protect THEIR guns by offering up the “assault weapons” and “High Capacity guns” because THEIR guns weren’t part of that.
Of course we all know that when things come to an apex, the only way is down. The antis broke their promise and started talking about “Sniper Rifles”, and “Armor Piercing ammo”, and started talks on banning anything that was semi-automatic. The hunters realized that even the most pedestrian deer rifle was subject to bans, and that the anti-rights cult wasn’t to be trusted.
Since then there are VERY few “Fudds” out there, and generally they are limited to far left-wing “Progressives” who grew up in families and areas where hunting is a common pastime. But most hunters realized that not only their guns were in threat, but that so-called “Assault weapons” had a lot of legitimate uses for both self defense and for sporting.
One thing you can always trust in anti-rights people is for them to be tone deaf. Take Jason Kilgore of Ceasefire Oregon:
When you picture someone who is dressed and armed for self-defense and conceal carry, what do you picture? I picture someone dressed normal, except for a handgun strapped under their jacket or in a holster at their waist or in their purse.
When you picture someone who is dressed and armed for hunting, what do you picture? I picture someone in rugged outdoor clothes, a hunter-red vest and hat, and a long rifle.
Maybe in the 90s Jason, hunters looked just like Elmer Fudd. Today so many people have turned to modern semi-auto rifles for hunting. Also even at the beginning of the 20th Century hunters were using carbines in dense forests. In Maine if you’re going to stalk game, your walking through thick woods. The old-time hunters often chose something like a lever carbine in .30-30. Powerful, light, and compact. Perfect for “Brush Hunting”. All those “traditional” guns are out there, but now with all the versatility of the AR-15 platform those guns are VERY popular for hunting, and are frankly becoming the new “traditional”.
Further the Remington 870 has been in duck blinds and deer stands ever since the gun was first introduced in the 1950.
For conceal carry Glock is one of the most popular brands still.
But what about home defense? The pump-action shotgun has been the mainstay for longer than even the handgun, the AR rifle is gaining massive popularity as some of the myths about stopping power and over-penetration are being dispelled.
Of course he’s pointing out the armor and gear the shooter was using. Still like everything, something can be used for good, or for evil. If you had the option to throw a ballistic vest over your PJs when you heard the sounds of somebody breaking into your home, wouldn’t you? I also have heard of some people who are range officers at shooting events who throw on a vest just in case. Accidents are rare, but they can get ugly FAST, so why not?
As for the gas mask, did anybody hear the police radio band where officers were calling for gas masks so they could enter the smoke-filled theater? Again, what can be used for offensive attacks can be used also to defend.
Of course Jason, and his compatriots think there are still Fudds left to be wooed by their lies. I might argue that they don’t exist, they’re either entrenched leftists who are willing to find another hobby if that’s what the anti-rights collective demands, or they’re hunters who have learned their lesson…and probably own a so-called “Assault Rifle”.
Further another HUGE demographic they’re missing is the most rapidly growing one…people who don’t seriously hunt who are buying guns and ammo. They could care less about “Sporting Purposes”, they’re looking for the best tool to defend their lives and the lives of others!
What’s best is we’re all on one side….and Jason is alone pushing a box car.
Any wonder why he disabled the comments on his blog?