Thursday, February 22, 2007

Boomsticks: My last Zumbo post for now.

Cowboy Blob lays out Zumbo's Via Dolorosa to redemption.

It's a beautiful post; go read.


Mr. Fixit said...

have you seen that Outdoor Life has "parted ways" with Zumbo?

They say that he offered his resignation, and they accepted. Here's a link:

Mr Fixit

Razoreye said...

He still doesn't say "I'm sorry" but this is much better than before. Perhaps he has learned his lesson, but only his actions can tell now. Out of this mess, we may just have more united gun owners and a new ally. Time will tell. I do not feel sorry that he destroyed his career either.

DAL357 said...

I really like his point about buying a Wal-mart-grade gun and going hunting on his own dime in public hunting areas. No doubt his hunting success rate would drop preciptitously, but he would learn, or re-learn what the rest of the real-world hunters know--you come home empty handed more often than not (at least that's been my experience with deer/elk hunting).

If this guy's career is not destroyed, it is surely severely hamstrung. This will always be a cloud that hangs over him and taints all he has to say. Plus, after 3 or 4 decades of being a professional hunter/writer, isn't it about time to think about retiring anyway?

DirtCrashr said...

Zumster can always move here to CA and hunt since his recomendation for disallowing AR's is pretty much in effect here. Also if the lead-bullet ban passes he can just shoot those fancy copper solids instead.

DirtCrashr said...

Uh-woops, NRA publications also has distanced itself.

Michael said...

Everyone's favorite rocker, Ted Nugent, has given Jim Zumbo a chance to do an apologia this morning over at

His comments look sincere, and are possibly worthy of consideration. After all, if we are buying from Smith and Colt again, and if "The Nuge" can teach Zumbo how to field strip an AR-15 blindfolded, then perhaps a prolific hunting writer is not yet gone from the scene.

Gewehr98 said...

It gets better. Zumbo has a twin brother, named David E. Petzal:

Gewehr98 said...

Oops. The link to Mr. Fudd Petzal was too long, I'll have to wrap it:

Ambulance Driver said...

While Petzal is just as seemingly ignorant and dismissive of the power of us "chatroom heroes" as his buddy Zumbo, he did make some good points:

"A United States in which someone can be ruined for voicing an unpopular opinion is a dangerous place. Today it was Jim’s turn. Tomorrow it may be yours.

If Sarah Brady is smart—and she is very smart—she will comb through the same blogs and chatrooms I’ve been reading, excerpt some of the most vicious and foul-mouthed entries, print them up, and distribute them to Congress. Then it will be interesting to see how the men and women who wrote that stuff enjoy seeing their efforts being put to use by every anti-gunner in America."

I said pretty much the same thing on my blog, and Cowboy Blob's take on things seems eminently reasonable.

A goodly number of the folks crying for Zumbo's head were making us look like rabid dogs rather than reasonable people. They played right into the bad "gun nut" stereotype.

DirtCrashr said...

As Kevin shows, David Petzal is a Zumboclone - he was a supporter of the 1994 Clinton AWB. Hunters don't care about the 2nd Amendment outside their narrow self-interest.

Ambulance Driver said...

>>Hunters don't care about the 2nd Amendment outside their narrow self-interest.<<

Not so. THIS hunter supports the 2nd Amendment for ALL gun owners, and I don't own a "black rifle."

They're fun to shoot, though.

Diamondback said...

Seems like he is still saying that the only "legitimate" rifles are hunting rifles. I don't think he gets it. I hate to say it, but I've met numerous hunters that seem to feel this way. You need not have purpose for your Arms, they need only be yours.

2ndWatcher said...

I feel that if the man is sincere, than apology accepted.

We have all done stupid things in the past and learned from our mistakes.

I'll wager he will double check anything he posts prior to hitting the “Send” button.

If Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer and Ted Kennedy were to dress is ashes and sackcloth and publicly beg for forgiveness over their transgressions against the 2nd Amendment on the steps of the Capitol, perhaps I would be inclined to offer my hand in friendship and let bygones be bygones.

Or perhaps not, some past actions are unforgivable!

Anonymous said...

According to the thread on Nugent's board, Zumbo is signed up for a carbine class with Pat Rogers ... and will be writing about the gun, and the class, in SWAT magazine.

DirtCrashr said...

Ok not all hunters are uncaring, thank you Ambulance Driver - but it's certainly obvious that many are very narrowly focused, and the Field & Stream guy acts like, when the guns are gone and fishing is outlawed by PETA and the magazine is called "Parking-Lot and Culvert" he'll still be fishing for "brown trout" in the drainage-ditch outside his palatial office window...
Welcome to California is actually a warning.