Zumbo Offends Gun Owners and Industry
Submitted by Ted Williams on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 22:40.
There are all kinds of GREAT reasons to get rid of Jim Zumbo. But expressing an opinion -- even a dumb one -- on one’s blog is not one of them. Outdoor Life shows it's true colors yet again: HUNTING WRITER CRITICIZED…Longtime Outdoor Life hunting editor Jim Zumbo today is enduring the wrath of gun owners and industry following Zumbo's weekend blog entry on hunting with military-style firearms. Zumbo had opined that "terrorist weapons" have no place in hunting and that hunters should distance themselves from such imagery. He quickly apologized, but Remington withdrew its Zumbo sponsorship and Outdoor Life has taken down the Zumbo blog because of its controversy. "Jim's comments are as unfortunate as they are inappropriate," said NSSF president Doug Painter. "No one should divide firearms into good-gun, bad-gun categories." ------------- Press FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Remington to Sever Sponsorship Ties with Jim Zumbo Madison, North Carolina – As a result of comments made by Mr. Jim Zumbo in recent postings on his blog site, Remington Arms Company, Inc., has severed all sponsorship ties with Mr. Zumbo effective immediately. While Mr. Zumbo is entitled to his opinions and has the constitutional right to freely express those opinions, these comments are solely his, and do not reflect the views of Remington. “Remington has spent tens of millions of dollars defending our Second Amendment rights to privately own and possess firearms and we will continue to vigorously fight to protect these rights,” commented Tommy Millner, Remington’s CEO and President. “As hunters and shooters of all interest levels, we should strive to utilize this unfortunate occurrence to unite as a whole in support of our Second Amendment rights.” We regret having to terminate our long-standing relationship with Mr. Zumbo, who is a well-respected writer and life-long hunter. -------------- Statement from Outdoor Life Due to the controversy surrounding Jim Zumbo’s recent postings, Outdoor Life has decided to discontinue the “Hunting With Zumbo” blog for the time being. Outdoor Life has always been, and will always be, a steadfast supporter of our Second Amendment rights, which do not make distinctions based on the looks of the firearms we choose to own, shoot and take hunting. Please direct any comments you have to OLletters@time4.com