October 02, 2020
By David Codrea
“Today, as millions of Americans begin their annual ritual of fall hunting, Biden for President announced the launch of Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Biden — a coalition of more than 50 prominent hunters and anglers from across the country, who have come together to endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States,” a September campaign press release announced. “This bipartisan group of hunters and anglers have come together because they know that Joe Biden shares their values, will protect our ability to hunt and fish, and because they know that Trump’s presidency has been a disaster to everyone who treasures the outdoors. Over the next nine weeks, they have committed to reach out to other sportsmen and sportswomen across the country, and to organize state chapters in all of the most closely contested states.”
“Joe Biden has committed to key principles that will ensure a strong future for hunting and fishing in America,” the promo piece promises. “Protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans to purchase and responsibly use firearms for hunting and sporting.”
There is, of course, one huge problem with that, one which Firearms News regulars don’t need me to remind them of:
The Second Amendment ain’t about duck hunting.
Or deer hunting. Or target shooting. Or competitions. Or collecting. Or even strictly about “self-defense.”
We know the Founders intended the core purpose to be “security of a free State,” and that in order to make that work, the people needed to be recognized as the ultimate guarantors of their own freedom via the most egalitarian power-sharing arrangement ever conceived: their duty to participate in “the Militia of the several States,” only made possible by their uninfringed right to keep and bear arms, that is, “ordinary military equipment” intended to be taken into “common defense” battles.
“This ‘sporting use’ strategy was used before,” Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership’s research documents. “The Nazi Weapons Law (18 March 1938) forbade importation of weapons under substantially the same test. Section 25(1) of that Law proclaimed: ‘It is forbidden to manufacture ... and to import: Firearms which fold-down, break-down, are collapsible, or are speedily dismantled -- beyond the common limits of hunting and sporting activities.’ Section 21 of the Nazi Law (and its enforcing regulations) employed the ‘sporting use’ exception also where they permitted licensed persons to carry ‘firearms, designed for -- and usually used for -- the hunting of fair game.’"
What Joe Biden and his string-pullers think about firearms minimally suitable for core purpose use is clear.
“Weapons of war have no place in our communities,” he tweeted recently, repeating what he threatens to do on his campaign website. “We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
Government excepted, of course, when “assault weapons” magically transform into “patrol rifles.”
And he’s demanding plenty more. Biden’s site lists a host of other Intolerable Acts, including scrapping the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act so manufacturers can be sued out of existence, expanding on prior restraints with enhanced registration-enabling “background checks,” adding to “red flag” prohibitions with the so-called “boyfriend loophole” (aka revenge of the jilted) and “hate crime loophole” (and guess who defines what those are?), endorsing state licenses to own a gun and “put[ting] America on the path to ensuring that 100% of firearms sold in America are smart guns.”
This is what 'Fudds for Biden' is enabling.
This is where a word about “Fudds,” derived from the “wabbit hunting” cartoon character, Elmer, might be appropriate, because some gun owners who are primarily hunters and sport shooters have been known to take offense to the term. If you believe the Second Amendment means what it says, don’t worry. It’s reserved for “hobbyists” who are OK with throwing the rest of us under the bus as long as they’re left alone.
Many will remember the flap over outdoors writer Jim Zumbo, who almost destroyed his career when he blogged about semiautos, saying “I'll go so far as to call them ‘terrorist’ rifles’.” While he’s back working again, thanks largely to the “rehabilitation” efforts of celebrities like rocker Ted Nugent and syndicated radio host Tom Gresham, his ignorance earned his name a place in the Urban Dictionary, with the top definition being “A name usually given to FUDDs who are quislings to the 2nd Amendment.”
If you’re not a sporter who disparages the reason for the right, you’re not a Fudd. As a matter of fact, keeping the “gun culture” alive through your activities and examples is one of the most effective ways of recruiting for and expanding it, especially those of you involved in youth activities. But if you are a Fudd, particularly one supporting the political evisceration of the Second Amendment, take all the offense you like. We’ve seen avowed RKBA enemies like John Kerry and Bill Clinton dressed in camo and carrying game birds as props to impress the ignorant and the willful, for whom “quisling” is not too strong a word.
Quislings like Fudds for Biden…
So, who are these guys?
Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Biden is “bipartisan”? You can’t tell from the two “co-chairs,” Democrat apparatchik Eric Washburn and Theodore “Tod” Sedgwick, the former organizer of “Sportsmen for Obama.” You’ve got to go down the list a way to find a name associated with the GOP, Bill Rustem. He’s a one-time adviser to former Michigan Governor and “Republican for Biden” Rick Snyder, who himself was a political chameleon endorsed by both NRA AND Michael Bloomberg, later praised by Everytown for “buck[ing] the NRA by vetoing their priority legislation.”
There is a handful of others, equally obscure. The bottom line is the self-styled “Republicans” are not only 2A turncoats, they also will enable higher taxes and ensure federal judge appointments to uphold everything on the Democrat wish list, from business-killing regulations to radical social changes and cultural terraforming.
The Democrat side is also somewhat obscure but has some names you’ll probably recognize, political frauds like Jon Tester of Montana. He’s a prime example of a self-serving opportunist who recognized that he had to vote “pro-gun” in order to be elected in that state, and was allowed to get away with it by Party leadership because it served their purposes to have him advance the rest of the agenda. We also saw him get bolder as Montana changed with an influx of “progressive” residents fleeing the nests they fouled in states like California and bringing their politics with them.
Revealingly, Tester showed his true nature when he voted to keep Post Offices “gun-free zones.” The last straw for NRA was Tester’s Supreme Court confirmation votes (for Kagan and Sotomayor, against Gorsuch and Kavanaugh), when they downgraded his one-time “A” to a “D.”
The sincerest form of flattery
They’re coming out of the woodwork this election year. We have The Lincoln Project, run by Biden-endorsing swamp denizens from the cheap labor/gun-grabbing wing of the Republican party. Not to be outdone, after having run the “neocon” Weekly Standard into the ground, Bill Kristol (of “I don’t think they have a right to semi-automatic, quasi-machine guns that can shoot hundred bullets at a time” notoriety) is spearheading Defending Democracy Together in an attempt to create a permanent Democrat supermajority, whether that’s his intent or not.
There’s a spinoff from Kristol’s group, Republicans and Independents for Biden, headed by Christine Todd Whitman, who asks “Who, besides law enforcement and the military, really needs a weapon designed for the battlefield?”
Then we have NRA “A”-rated former Ohio Governor John Kasich and NRA “A”-rated former Senator Jeff Flake flaking out for Biden…
No new thing under the sun
Sportsthings for Biden isn’t the only Fudd game in town. There’s another group, Gun Owners for Safety, being bankrolled by Giffords.
“We can prevent gun violence while also supporting the Second Amendment,” they lie, when you consider their support for Joe Biden will enable him to actualize his stated agenda. “Gun Owners for Safety unites hunters, sport shooters, and collectors who want commonsense gun laws.”
Gabby’s husband, Arizona Senate candidate Mark Kelly, probably the ultimate Fudd, tries to portray himself as reasonable, too. He was so “commonsense” that when he tried to buy an AR-15 to show the media how “unobtrusive” background checks were, the store refused to let the sale go forward because “Kelly made statements in the media that the rifle purchase was ‘for reasons other than for his personal use,’" which would have made the transfer a violation of the Form 4473 attestation.
Astroturf groups like the Sportsthings and Gabbyfudds, as with all “progressive” ideas, are hardly original and new. Gun owners who were active in advocacy 15 years ago or so will remember the abortive American Hunters and Shooters Association, “created with the specific intent to provide political cover for anti-gun politicians by allowing them to claim support from a ‘sportsmen’s’ group.”
“AHSA president Ray Schoenke has a long history of giving political donations to some of the most anti-gun politicians, including Al Gore, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Bill Clinton, Dianne Feinstein and Ted Kennedy,” NRA-ILA warned members. “In 2000, Schoenke donated $5,000 to Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign) and the Ray and Holly Schoenke Foundation also made donations to the Brady Campaign. AHSA Board member John Rosenthal remains the leader of Stop Handgun Violence, the Massachusetts anti-gun group. And one of the leading organizers of AHSA is Bob Ricker, who has been a paid expert witness against gun manufacturers in a number of reckless lawsuits.”
Not to be outdone, in 2013 Michael Bloomberg “bankroll[ed a] $12 million campaign with ads starring gun-toting Average Joe to advocate for universal background checks.”
Money, lies, and slick Madison Avenue propaganda. That’s all these people have.
What’s amazing – and inexcusable considering the information resources available and what is at stake – is that any American gun owners are still taken in by this, and that any but clinical idiots and/or the rankest of hypocrites would support a Biden/Harris ticket. What they seem to fail to realize is, after they’re used, they’ll be expendable. A substantial and growing Democrat constituency has nothing but contempt for “blood sports” and would like to ban them outright, and regulate them to death until then, such as with the junk science lies used to enact lead ammo bans.
Consider the plight of Kate Small of Boise ID, an “ethical hunter” who “only kills animals for food or ‘conservation.’”
“I have actually received thousands of death threats,” Small noted after posting some hunting photos on social media. “People saying things I’d never wish on my worst enemy. I’ve had hundreds of people also threaten to rape and murder my one-year old daughter. I recall one person saying, ‘I’m going to put your baby in a blender and listen to her scream.’”
The wannabe tyrants won’t even let the idea of hunting with guns gain a foothold into the culture and knows from experience the place you start is with impressionable children left to the "care" of targeted indoctrination via television. As such, Warner Bros. has stripped the original Fudd, Elmer, of his trademark “Duck season!/Wabbit season!” double-barreled whatever-it-is (it appears to function as both a rifle and a shotgun, depending on the gag). That serves the two-fold purposes of keeping children ignorant so that gun ownership becomes irrelevant to them in adulthood, and more insidiously totalitarian, of erasing forbidden ideas from the cultural memory.
Do Fudds for Biden really think that they’ll be needed if a Democrat supermajority ever gains power? Talk about a group ripe for cancel culture harassment. If you remember ancient Greek epics, you’ll recall the drunken cyclops Polyphemus’ promise to Odysseus that he would eat him last. The intent, nonetheless, was still to eat him.
True, I get that Donald Trump is far from the gun owners’ BFF and have written about his many failings to live up to campaign rhetoric many times in these pages, and how the November election is his to blow with gun owners. Like it or not, the choice in November is binary. If the president doesn’t win, Joe Biden will.
And hell, as the saying goes, follows with him.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. In addition to being a regular featured contributor for Firearms News and AmmoLand Shooting Sports News, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Founders of this great nation understood human nature, as well as the history of governments oppressing and/or murdering their own people. The 2nd Amendment is about your God-given riven right to defend yourself, your family, and your liberty against a tyrannical government, and your ability to do so with whatever weapons available. It is a nonsensical argument for anyone to state that they support the 2nd Amendment, and then in the same breath state that “assault weapons” and “hi-capacity” magazines should be illegal. As David Codrea stated, it isn’t about duck hunting, gun collecting, or just defense against common criminals.]