Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Insecure Hunters Dine on Limbaugh

More cannibalism from the right.  Rush Limbaugh recently cut a couple of public service announcements for the Humane Society:

The public-service radio spots cut by Mr. Limbaugh began airing in mid-April. In one, the self-dubbed "Doctor of Democracy" expresses support for the HSUS effort to crack down on organized dogfighting and other animal-cruelty crimes.

In the second, "America's Truth Detector" talks about, as the Humane Society says, "our outreach to communities of faith, and the moral obligation that we have to be good stewards of God's creatures."

Both ads seem reasonable enough, no?  Gun owners disagree:

Twenty-eight groups representing millions of hunters and sportsmen are demanding that the conservative radio commentator end his collaboration with the HSUS and stop "helping them to mainstream their image in the minds of reasonable people."

"Despite a few programs designed to attract support from the general public, HSUS is in fact an organization that opposes hunting, fishing, and trapping," the groups, including Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, wrote in a letter last week to Mr. Limbaugh.

"Its leadership has a long and established history of promoting legislation, litigation, and referenda to restrict the rights of American sportsmen and women."

Time out!  I have never come to the aid of Rush Limbaugh, but exactly what does dogfighting have to do with hunting?  What does being “good stewards of God’s creatures” have to do with hunting?  I know, there are some of you vehemently opposed to hunting in all forms and would argue that hunting is not being a good steward to God’s creatures.  I’m not a hunter.  I do have family and friends who are hunters.  We’ve talked about it and I understand why they do it.  It’s their thing and their right.  If a democratically elected government decided that there should be no more hunting, then hunters will have to deal with it. 

The truth is, nobody is talking about taking away hunting and gun rights except for hunters and gun owners!  It appears that the gun owning population of this country is so insecure that they need to attack their own hero because he made an ad speaking out against dogfighting and being kind to God’s creatures. 

Unbelievable!  Relax people! 

4 comments:

  1. It's kind of hard to see Rush as a victim, but I'll try:-) That said. I agree totally. I'm for gun control but don't want to keep guns away from hunters. I just want to keep AK47s out of the hands of nutjobs and criminal gangs.

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  2. No, it's very hard! However, this might be the first thing he's ever said that I've agreed with. It seems to me that the gun lobby is concerned only with keeping the status quo. There is no apparent attempt to say, "we're gun owners and we're responsible." Their answer to all the crazy shootings is to be just as crazy defending their rights. Nobody is talking about taking away guns! There may be grumblings in response to the many recent shootings. That said, the keep up the irrational behavior and the talk will only grow louder.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

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  3. I never thought I'd say this but good for Rush! I certainly want to hear his response to the twenty-eight groups calling for his resignation as a spokesperson. Why are gun owners so completely paranoid that behind every corner lurks someone out to get them? Obama can't even touch the assault weapons ban because it will ignite a firestorm - ridiculous and frightening!!

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  4. Yeah, ashirk! Thanks for stopping by!

    You are absolutely right. What's interesting is the fact is that these guys who are protesting don't seem to have the good sense to shut up. The more they talk about it the more regular folks will start thinking about it and questioning. Like, "why is owning an AK-47 necessary?"

    I suppose that's my job.

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