first published on February 4, 2016 by Tim
It was bound to happen again. Just like Jim Zumbo, Dick Metcalf and Jerry Tsai before them, another “if it’s black it’s a nuisance” old school gun writer published a post SHOT Show 2016 article on the Field & Stream blog chiding the “SEAL wanna-be’s” that seem to have taken over the show from the Mossy Oak community. The author, David E. Petzal (aka DEP), seemed to be utterly disgruntled with the sounds of freedom he heard on Media Day at the Range and the dwindling presence of traditional hunting gear on the main show floor later that week. DEP wrote:
Range Day is the Monday prior to the Show’s opening when manufacturers demonstrate their wares. People like me are bussed out to handle the goodies. This year, Range Day sounded like the Battle of Dak To, or perhaps Fallujah, with the distinctive pop-pop-pop of full-auto fire, which was extremely popular amongst all the SEAL wannabes. Indeed, this was symbolic of the whole show, which has now become so heavily militarized that you have to look fairly hard for something designed to kill animals instead of people.
While DEP tread a bit more carefully around his dislike of black rifles and “SEAL wanna-be’s” that own them than his predecessors, his intent is no less clear. Black rifles and those that own them are to be shunned as a blight on the hunting and fishing community.
The bolded sentence, emphasis I added by the way, clearly illustrates DEP’s deep misunderstanding of modern sporting arms. He sounds dangerously close to this esteemed NRA board member in his view of firearms and what’s “good” and what’s “bad” about them.
“Fudd’s” such as DEP look down their noses at AR-15 shooters with whom they’re forced to share public ranges with. They think that people who buy firearms for personal protection, or for 3 gun matches, or for any reason other than to take a buck, are shady losers that detract from the 2nd Amendment and the “outdoor community”. If you don’t have a wooden stock on your bolt action rifle and if you’re not clad head to toe in Mossy Oak camouflage, you’re a “wanna-be” militia type that is a total nut-job capable of flying off the handle at a moments notice.
As you can see from one of the Field & Stream readers who commented in support of DEP’s post, we “tacticool militia-mongering” types are “nutty” and pose a threat to “sportsmen and upstanding citizens”. According to “Ontario Honker”, if you like black guns you can’t possibly be either a sportsmen or upstanding citizen.
I also find it curious that DEP can spend a full week with the SHOT Show “wanna-be’s” and not realize that many, if not most of them, are veterans. We’ve been at war for some 15 years now and a lot of our service men and women are finding a home within the shooting industry. They’re starting new companies, training organizations, and attending trade shows in record numbers — and DEP deems them to be “wanna-be’s”. No, DEP, many of them have been there, done that and have the missing arms, legs and tormented minds to prove it as evidenced by all the service dogs you somehow missed at the show.
Here’s what I don’t get. Why is it that the Fudd’s find it so hard to resist attacking those who don’t share their interest in traditional hunting and associated gear? Why do they take every opportunity to deride us for owning black rifles? Is it REALLY that troublesome for them? Is a guy that hunts with an AR10 really that offensive to a guy who prefers a wood stocked, silver inlaid, hunting scene engraved Model 700? If so, why exactly?
Is this high school drama really worth the effort they put into it? Do they honestly think by authoring snarky articles showcasing how much disdain they have for black rifle owners that we’ll suddenly disappear from view?
On the flip side you don’t see the black rifle crowd lambasting the Fudd’s for their choice of firearms and associated gear. We sit silently by as they thumb their noses at us and take every opportunity to make distasteful comments about us on their blogs and forums. We welcome them to our ranges and don’t look down our noses at them for their choice in firearms. We are all inclusive and play nice with others in the 2nd Amendment community.
DEP, and his cronies, are hateful elitists that have no appreciation for the 2nd Amendment and it’s true purpose.
These are the same people that made the 1994 “Assault Weapons Ban” a reality. They came out of the woodwork to toss black rifle owners under the bus to save their precious traditional hunting rifles from the gun grabbers during the great Clinton gun-grab of the 90’s. Despite this, we still try to play nice with them…
I would welcome DEP to my range any time and would even welcome the opportunity to hear exactly why he finds me and my kind so offensive.