The NSSF is out this morning with one of their patented infographics, this one depicting how big a bidness hunting and related activities are in the US (full version after the jump). While thirty-eight billion may be pocket change to Mike Bloomberg, that’s still a lot of samolians. But in addition to their economic contributions, some hunters – more derisively referred to by a few around here as “Fudds” – have also been known at times for their linguini-spined support for some of their fellow firearms owners’ gun rights. More than a few have taken the Zumbo-esque approach of throwing “terrorist rifles” (ARs and AKs) under the gun grabbers’ bus, apparently based on the calculus that if they just give them the scary black semi-autos, their bolt actions and scatter guns will be left alone. To which we’d respond with one word: incrementalism . . .
Not to go all slippery slope on you, but those who make up the Armed Intelligentsia (i.e., TTAG’s dedicated readership) know that the Niemoller approach to gun rights defense is a recipe for disaster. And that civilian disarmers are never truly satisfied. “First they came for the ‘assault rifles’ and I said no one needs one of those things.” By the time they come for your Beretta 486 Parallelo bird gun, there won’t be anyone left to stick up for the “sportsmen.” Surely, though, the Gun Control Industrial Complex would never try to outlaw shotguns…would they?
Don’t be so sure. Some around these parts think they see groundwork already being laid for it. Aaron Alexis somehow managed to mow down an awful lot of people without ever touching a “weapon of war,” no matter what you may have read in the papers. He did most of his damage with an unassuming Remmy 870. Which is why we’re reading now about a new new ballistic genus, the ‘law enforcement-style shotgun.’ Don N. sure thinks something’s up. And Michi made the same connection. In a comment yesterday, (s)he wrote, “Since the anti gunners are now beginning to mumble about shotguns now, maybe this will wake up some fudds.”
Will this finally cause the “Fudd” demographic to wake up and smell the potentially confiscatory coffee? Will they look down the road and decide it’s finally time to get on the gun-rights-for-all bandwagon?