Maybe American readers were aware of this story from 2007 but as it was within the world of gun hobbyists, it was new to me. I know nothing about it other than what I’ve just been reading but it came up while I was following some Debarkle related research.
According to Wikipedia, Jim Zumbo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Zumbo ) is/was an editor for Outdoor Magazine [ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ] and presented Jim Zumbo Outdoors on The Outdoor Channel [ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ]. Now, to my mind that is an overuse of the word ‘outdoors’. I spend a lot time outside but I don’t build an identity around it but I digress.
Again, according to Wikipedia, in 2007 Zumbo wrote a post on his blog were he was overtly critical of hunters using AR-15 style rifles when hunting.
“Sorry, folks, in my humble opinion, these things have no place in hunting. We don’t need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them, which is an obvious concern. I’ve always been comfortable with the statement that hunters don’t use assault rifles. We’ve always been proud of our “sporting firearms.””
Now naturally, the right-wing gun community being deeply committed to freedom of speech, reacted in a calm manner and was respectful of Mr Zumbo’s right to criticise other people’s gun choices. Let’s check Wikipedia:
“Many firearms industry lobbyists were outraged that Zumbo suggested an outright ban on a type of popular rifle for reasons of “personal bias”. In response to the flood of threatened boycotts, Remington Arms‘ CEO Tommy Millner fired Zumbo as a spokesman on February 19, The Outdoor Channel announced that Zumbo programming would be on a temporary hiatus, but did not sever their affiliations with Zumbo. His online blog was discontinued “for the time being” by Outdoor Life on February 19. Outdoor Life subsequently dropped him completely, stating on its webpage that Zumbo would no longer be contributing to the publication once the last of his columns already to press had been printed. Gerber Knives and Mossy Oak severed all of their business dealings with Zumbo as well, as did a majority of his other sponsors.”
Wow, it’s almost like the exact opposite of what I just said!
Anyway, the relevance will become clearer in the next Debarkle chapter – now with more people called “Zumbo” in it than before!