In yet another sign of widespread appeal for Barack Obama, a hunters association has endorsed Barack Obama, and reinforced their confidence in Barack Obama's support for gun rights and the second amendment.
Ray Schoenke is the President of the Hunters and Shooters Association.
(you might want to turn your volume up:)
In addition to being well informed about Barack Obama's position on the Second Amendment, he also was a Washington Redskin for a decade. Something that I like, as a founding member of the newest Liberally group, Sporting Liberally (next meeting at Jack N Grill for Thursday Night Football, Broncos vs the Browns)
Here also, is an interview which includes Aaron Silverstein of Democrats Work and John Erhardt talking about "Shooting Liberally"
(notice also, the NRA making money off of citizen's false fears about Obama and gun rights)
Mr. Schoenke also knows something about talking common sense. Hunters and Shooters was started because the NRA was solely focused on the Second Amendment, but was not addressing land conservation, which is vital to actually having a place to hunt.
Ray told me, "what good is it to have a gun, if there is nowhere to hunt?"
This disconnect in reality by the NRA is also evident in their recent ouster of a gun company CEO. His crime? He decided to support Barack Obama.
Montana gunsmith Dan Cooper has been ousted as chief executive of the rifle company that bears his name after pressure from gun owners who are angry that he is supporting Democrat Barack Obama.
Cooper, founder and part owner of Cooper Firearms, told USA TODAY in a story published Tuesday that he has voted for Republicans for most of his life, but he is backing Obama "probably because of the war. And also because the Republican Party has moved so far right in recent years." Cooper said he was attracted to the Democrat's message about "the retooling of America, which involves the building of middle-class jobs and helping American small business be competitive with those overseas."
Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association, said the Cooper Firearms controversy is "an indication of how voters and gun owners feel about Barack Obama. He has a lifetime record of opposing their rights."
Ray Schoenke's statement
Today, on behalf of the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA), I condemned the actions by the NRA and its cronies forcing Dan Cooper out.
The gun lobby's attempt to destroy a good man and small business owner, a loyal member of the gun fraternity, again reveals the desperate Joe McCarthy-like politics of fear that the NRA leadership and others put first. They are trying to scare America's hunters and shooters into voting against Barack Obama -- but we have one thing to say: vote hope and not fear.
At the DNC in Denver this August,I will paraphrase what Obama said on this that "We can support the Second Amendment, and at the same time make common sense legislation on assault rifles in inner cities"
So did Outdoorsman Jim Zumbo.
Too bad the NRA did not agree with his position.
Last year, a similar outpouring of outrage derailed the career of Wyoming outdoorsman Jim Zumbo after he denounced the use of assault rifles for hunting. Zumbo was a staff writer for Outdoor Life magazine and the host of a television show on the Outdoor Channel.
"Excuse me, maybe I'm a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity," Zumbo wrote in his blog on outdoorlife.com. "I'll go so far as to call them 'terrorist' rifles."
"Within a few days, I was radioactive in the industry," Zumbo writes on his website, jimzumbo.com. The magazine "asked me for my resignation, and I was suddenly without employment. I was done writing, and my TV show was on hiatus. Many of the companies that supported me in the past issued severance statements with me on their websites, as did shooting and firearms organizations," including the National Rifle Association.
Why should we be concerned about assault rifles? Maybe this:
This is too tragic to include a quote.
I know, as I also know someone who recently lost a child to a gun.
Thankfully, Barack Obama will bring the experts together to craft the sensible legislation on this issue, and will put a stop to the gun lobbyist legislation that puts profits first, humanity second.
That is the real issue. The second amendment should be preserved, and include basic legislation to protect our citizens from weapons that can turn a neighborhood into a war zone.