Huffington Post Fuddwriter Attack on 2A Gets Weak Disavowal from OWAA

Only an idiot or a liar would say the Second Amendment is about hunting. (Library of Congress/modified)

USA – -( An open letter in The Huffington Post authored by self-proclaimed “hunters” affiliated with the Outdoor Writers Association of America declares war on the Second Amendment.

“Some OWAA members may agree with points made in the letter. Some may not. But the letter’s content does not represent OWAA policy,” Executive Director Dr. Brandon D. Shuler quickly in a Friday press release. He was doing damage control in reaction to the preliminary terms of gun owner surrender authored by Dan Ashe, Obama’s Fish and Wildlife Service Director. Ashe is the career bureaucrat whose parting shot on leaving office was to issue a lead ammo ban directive.

Shuler had to get involved because the letter had been signed by nine “distinguished members of the Outdoor Writers Association of America [who] identify themselves as members of the Circle of Chiefs.” Three of them were past presdients.

The HuffPost hit piece is yet another example of “Fudds” subverting the Second Amendment. Before anyone gets too bent out of shape over the term, understand that, as used here, it is not meant to disparage hunters and sport shooters who promote the right to keep and bear arms. I call those people “friends.” In order to qualify for the “Fudd” designation, they have to go the extra mile of throwing fellow gun owners under the bus, especially those who are in it for the rights of armed citizens as envisioned by the Founders.

They not only have to disparage non-“sporting” arms (ignoring that all arms began as “weapons of war”), they need to advocate infringements on the right to keep and bear them. And now might not be a bad time to remind ourselves on where the terminology “sporting purpose” came from.

“We do not need AR-15s or any assault-style weapon to hunt game,” Ashe & Co. declare, showing that among other things, their version of “shall not be infringed” involves gun bans. As the saying goes, “The Second Amendment ain’t about duck hunting,” and what it is about requires an armed citizenry being able to provide a deterrent to organized aggression and tyranny.

But that, of course, is hardly all they’re after.

“Here’s where we would begin,” the Fuddwriters elaborate, meaning once they achieve those goals they’ll be back for more. I have taken the liberty of translating the wish list from gun-grabber weasel-wording to what it is they and those they front for are really demanding:

  1. Deny firearms to citizens old enough to vote, marry, form binding contracts, be tried as adults and serve in the military.
  2. Deny firearms to people suspected” of being terrorists without any proof, let alone any consistent criteria, charges or convictions, and with plenty of false positives (remember Ted Kennedy?) Tip the ones who are terrorists off that they’ve made, and leave them free to stalk among us.
  3. Strip the right to keep and bear arms, again without due process, from “Social Security beneficiaries … who receive benefits for a mental health disability, and have had a representative payee designated to receive such benefits.” And while you’re at it, “inaccurately stigmatize… those with a mental health disorder as violent.”
  4. Prohibit new sales of what the Miller court called “arms … of the kind in common use at the time [and] ordinary military equipment … that … could contribute to the common defense.”
  5. Restrict rounds for same.
  6. Restrict rate of fire for same.
  7. Impose “universal background check” prior restraints about which the National Institute of Justice admitted “Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration…”
  8. End all private sales.
  9. Presume a gun owner is guilty until proven innocent based on accusations from people with unproven claims and motives.
  10. Force taxpayers to foot the bill for agenda “science” by people who admittedly want to see guns “dirty, deadly and banned.”

“Yes, the Second Amendment conveys a right to ‘keep and bear’ firearms,” the Fuddwriters who self-identify as “conservative, progressive and liberal” acknowledge. That’s right before showing everyone their big “but” and dismissing Constitutional fidelity as “Second Amendment radicalism.”

What they’re demanding has nothing to do with conservatism. Here’s what they neglect in not treating RKBA as a right that must be jealously guarded: The “progressives” they align themselves with don’t much like hunting, either, or fishing, and are actively working to restrict and ban “blood sport,” and even hunting for food.

Your Daddy Kills Animals!” made it clear how leftist groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals feels about fishing and “Your Mommy Kills Animals!” intended to traumatize children over any kind of meat. We’re talking about a group that’s founder claims “A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy.”

Think of PETA as an indicator of where “progressives” are taking us.

Most of us are familiar with Homer’s Odyssey, where, among other ordeals, the Cyclops Polyphemus promised Odysseus he would eat him last. The only way to avoid that was by banding together, exactly the opposite of what the Fuddwriters are doing.

Divided we fall, and they’re doing their part to separate and then push.

By citing their Circle of Chiefs credentials, they have dragged OWAA into it to the point where the current top guy felt it necessary to distance the group.  Even so, what he offers is pretty weak tea.

“OWAA respects the rights of all individuals to express their opinions, but as an organization of professional communicators, we avoid advocacy on issues not related to journalism,” Dr. Shuler reminds readers. Fine and good, but those “professional communicators” are using his professional organization’s name and their ties with it to advocate criminalizing a significant segment of the market OWAA members ostensibly serve.  As Shuler won’t take a stand beyond trying to distance himself without actually saying anything, he shouldn’t be surprised if principled gun owners avoid periodicals promoting his members’ affiliation the same way they now avoid Dick’s Sporting Goods.

At least Jim Zumbo apologized.

About David Codrea: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 field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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The gun banners using divide and conquer tactics against the pro constitution side seems to be effective. We should start doing the same against the gun banner side, especially since so many lie in public and claim to support the second amendment.

Wild Bill

@Trumped, Yes, figure them out, rat them out, and root them out! Go Trump. Go George Mason.


Problem is, if a pro-rights person contradicts himself or is even inconsistent, the media treats it as tantamout to perjury and never allows it to be forgotten; whereas if an anti-rights person contradicts himself, that just means it’s a different week, and nobody pays it a second thought.

John Dunlap

I’ve never seen David Codrea make so many typos. He must have been very angry when he wrote this, and I don’t blame him. “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and… Read more »


Guess they don’t understand that what the 2A DOESN’T guarantee is the right to hunt. It guarantees everything that they oppose, though.

Country Boy

Sounds like these anti 2nd A folks are scared we’re going to come after them, arms in hand at some point, hence they figure they better ban certain guns, and ban law abiding citizens from owning firearms, for no other reason than to protect their own asses.

Guess what anti 2nd A A-holes… isn’t going to work……….


Kinda’ sums it up for liberals then doesn’t it!

Mike Ross

What a bunch of elitist snobs those OWAA Fudds are. They have their Perazzis and H&Hs and look down their long noses on we peasants. Is it time to get the pitchforks and torches?


Yeah even my own Democrat liberal father said the same stupid “Guns are for hunting”. I have since put him on a shelf. I can’t tolerate such stupidity in my life. His constant rants against the second amendment have put the lid on our relationship.

Jon Dough

you’re totally right CapnDad..! I can’t stand to be around such stupidity either -though I have to work among them
And even the many “Fudds” I encounter, are one and all, unwilling to stand up to fight for their rights.
The bittersweet thing of it all will be when THEIR directly stepped on by THE STATE…
Perhaps my then I’ll be long gone, but it will be just irony just she same…
We’re surrounded, .. -by sheep and azzwholes

Jon Dough

you’re totally right CapnDad..! I can’t stand to be around such stupidity -though I have to work among them And even the many “Fudds” I encounter, are one and all, unwilling to stand up to fight for their rights. The bittersweet thing of it all will be when THEY’RE directly stepped on by THE STATE… Perhaps by then I’ll be long gone, but it will be just irony just the same… We’re surrounded, .. -by sheep and azzwholes


A blog called mantalkblog has a good AR-15 article on it and why the anti-AR thing is so dangerous to freedom and also so really stupid.


Thanks, Jim. Interesting read.

Kent Anderson

Hey David,
My idea of “FUDD” is some liberal minded educated fool with a “Phd” before their name which I also pronounce as Dr. FUDD!


Weapons of War: when herded into a walled ghetto to be starved to death every rifle, pistol, knife, pipe, rock and stick


I wonder if PETA also considers that “An Anopleles mosquito is a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy”?
The effect of the “feeler’s” in our society on the “thinker’s” in society should be very concerning to us all.

Douglas Kuykendall

Let’s see,huffypost,Isn’t that in the communist state of Massachusetts?The same place Savage is located! All of their BS an Savage is still there.When are you writers going to start on their ass to move .When you going to get wallmart in the same sentence as dicks.They are one in the same,yet I never hear nothing about wallmart


Not just Savage, there are a few other gun companies that call Massachusetts home.


Until All gun and accessory mfg get OUT of NY, Mass, and the other anti gun states All pro gun supporters should, and really must, boycott their products! One, perhaps the best way to get the attention of anti gun legislators is to put a Huge dent in their bugets.
Why gun and gun accessory mfgs contribute to these anti gun states with their taxes, etc. completely excapes me!!!


Greenwich Village NY, please. And WalMart and Dicks have no common ownership, if that’s your claim.

Green Mtn. Boy

Perhaps this below will help the undereducated Leftist Morons understand that It’s Not All About Hunting, or then again perhaps another glass of the Kool-Aid.