Hunting Council Appointments a GIFFORDS’ Gun-Banner To Advise on Hunting!?

To paraphrase Bill Clinton, it depends upon what the meaning of the words “responsible” and “infringe” are. (Giffords/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -( “The Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council’s purpose is to provide recommendations to the Federal Government, through the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture, that (a) benefit wildlife resources; (b) encourage partnership among the public; sporting conservation organizations; Federal, State, Tribal, and territorial governments; and (c) benefit fair chase recreational hunting and safe recreational shooting sports,” the Council declares on its website.

A name included among primary council members raises a red flag, particularly in how it is presented:

“Ryan Busse (Unaffiliated) representing shooting sports interests”

“The appointment of Ryan Busse to the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council, a federal advisory committee, is a farce and demonstrates the contempt the Biden administration holds for lawful gun owners who hunt on America’s public and private lands,” Mark Oliva, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Managing Director of Public Affairs tells AmmoLand News. Busse was listed as ‘unaffiliated,’ but that is not true. He is not an unaffiliated shooting sports interest expert.”

“He is an advisor for the Giffords gun control group and has openly advocated the ban on the most popular selling centerfire rifle in America – the Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR),” Oliva explained. “He has published a book advocating radical gun control policies.”

“Glaringly absent, however, is any representative from the firearm and ammunition industry even though the industry is responsible for the vast majority of conservation funds through the Pittman-Robertson excise tax,” Oliva continued. “To date, the firearm and ammunition industry has provided over $15.3 billion to wildlife conservation since 1937 and over $1.1 billion of the conservation funds apportioned to the states last year was directly tied to taxes paid by firearm and ammunition manufacturers.”

“The Biden administration has politicized this advisory council to legitimize Busse and the far-left gun control policies he and the gun control group he represents,” Oliva concluded. “This is a sham and doesn’t come close to representing the interests of lawful gun owners who hunt and are faithful stewards of the precious wildlife resources our nation enjoys.”

Readers here are well aware of Busse and the danger he represents to the right to keep and bear arms. Once a highly compensated industry insider, he now masks his (that is, his Giffords benefactors’) citizen disarmament goals with the obligatory big “but” qualifier:

I believe in the Second Amendment but

“I’m still a proud gun owner who believes in responsibility,” Busse disingenuously claims. By that, he means accusing his former employers of complicity in mass murders, dissing Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawful acts of self-defense, and channeling his inner Antifa blackshirt by implying that his ideological opponents are Nazis by injecting “a Norse tattoo known to be favored by white supremacists and by the ‘QAnon’ shaman” into his argument.

How “responsible” of him.

The thing is, Busse’s hardly alone.  We’ve seen all kinds of phony Astroturf “hunter” groups show up over the years trying to recruit political support among uninformed or overtly leftist “sportsmen” who have earned a “Fudd” disparagement. I wrote an article for Firearms News a couple of years back recalling early efforts like the American Hunters and Shooters Association, and Sportsmen for Obama, and bringing things up to date with Giffords’ Gun Owners for Safety.

Interestingly, one of the Council’s alternate members, “Theodore Sedgwick … representing wildlife & habitat conservation/management organizations,” is also listed as “Unaffiliated.”

That hardly means “disinterested.”

“Sedgwick aimed to organize a chapter of ‘Sportsmen for Obama’ in every state to counter the gun lobby’s portrayal of the candidate as hostile to its interests,” The Slovak Spectator recounted in 2010 when he was rewarded for his Democrat loyalties with an ambassadorship.

Noting Oliva’s citing of the deliberate lack of industry representation, it’s fair to wonder what an analysis of the rest of the names for political affiliations would yield.

Here’s a prime example from several years back of how the prohibitionists mask their agenda and try to trick gun owners into supporting incremental infringements, “courtesy” of Michael Bloomberg’s billions and the slick ad agencies he employs:

And here’s what Giffords is doing today:

Consider what Agriculture Secretary (and gun-grabber in his own right) Tom Vilsack told CNN back when he was filling the same gig for Obama:

I view when the conversation starts, as this conversation started, with a respect for the 2nd Amendment and a recognition that there is a value system attached to it that is important, and it starts with the recognition that people do hunt and that that’s important to them — 38 percent of America either hunts or fishes. So you know, it’s a big part of the population. It’s a much deeper conversation.

How deep he’ll never let on.

They’ve never stopped using this deceptive tactic. Joe Biden used it just the other day when he told cheering and nodding Democrat apparatchiks at the National Education Association:

“Look, I support the Second Amendment.  I have two shotguns, and I’m not — I — the only thing I really do is really target practice.  I haven’t done that in a long time.”

Then came his big “but.” Actually, if you read the rest of what he said, including the stupid crap about deer in Kevlar vests and bullet speed, it was huge.

Because as the saying goes, the Second Amendment ain’t about duck hunting. Continental Congress delegate Tench Coxe made it clear, the right of the people to keep and bear arms is about the most egalitarian power-sharing arrangement ever devised:

“Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American … The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the foederal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

It’s about those “weapons of war” the violence monopolists are trying to swindle the people into turning their backs on and surrendering. It’s about tricking Americans into thinking it’s all about hunting (which they then regulate through licensing, restrictions, and lead ammunition bans that are extended to the non-sporting gun owner population). And by appointing known prohibitionists and masking their affiliations, the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council is doing its part to help spread the deception.

You have to wonder how many “sportsmen” realize if the collectivists succeed, their turn in the barrel was plotted out years ago, and the fanatics behind it are just waiting until the time is right.

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. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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“We know that strong gun safety laws don’t infringe on our right to carry a weapon, but they do make our country safer.” Actually, we don’t know either of those things. We are told both of them repeatedly, but contrary to what another propagandist said, repeating a lie does not make it true. What is a “strong gun safety law” if not an infringement? And if it is not an infringement, what is? And how do laws that make it harder for ordinary citizens to go about their daily lives armed, yet are ignored by the lawless, make anyone other… Read more »

Wild Bill

Busse is merely engaging in the double talk that has been perfected by the marxist socialist democrat party, over these many years. They attempt to negate the part of the Constitution that they don’t like, in favor of a result that they do like. That is a very dangerous precedent.


they dont like the bill of rights


Hey hey hey…enough of all that critical thinking ’round here…


It’s all because NONE of this is about making anyone “safer”.
That’s just the DECEPTION.
This is all about getting away with disarming a general population, despite their “right to keep and bear”, for all the same reasons that totalitarians have disarmed their populous throughout history.


gun safety laws would be required training in schools, pe class in arms of all types , tool handling including saws, hammers axes shop class for all students…the country is safer if everyone knows how to at least not blow your own foot off….we cant help when they shoot off their mouth and say stupid shit but simple safety in school training would be nice like the requiriment that almost was included in constitution that every able bodied person have a gun and shot….I still like the no army everyone is a soldier concept


Finally some good common-sense safety proposals!

uncle dudley

What a scary thought that Joe Biden has two shotguns, he doesn’t know where he is half of the time and tries to shake imaginary hands.

Ansel Hazen

Brandon needs to be red flagged.


Brandon needs to be flushed as he is a POS stinking up the oval office.


Yeah, but only when he is there, right? I wonder how much energy they are using to flush out the stink when he leaves, which is often. Remember when he flew Air Force One, spent 175,000 bucks just to fly to Delaware to vote? How do they flush the stink out of the plane, or do they even bother ?


Xiden is trying to shake paws with HARVEY — the INVISIBLE SIX FOOT RABBIT! Xiden should be packed up and shipped off to the CCP where he and the “son” are making MILLIONS!!

Rob J

Mr Fox, thank you for appointing your brother, Mr Fox II to the position of Hen House Security. We are certain that there are no questionable motives behind such an appointment as the Weasel family next door fully supports it and the carrion groups proclaim it to be just to any who will listen.

Green Mtn. Boy

The statement”I believe in the Second Amendment but…”means they do not believe in the second amendment as written and hunting has nothing to do with the second amendment, unless one is a Leftard.


In a way 2a is about hunting….we will have to hunt down the leftards to retain our freedom


The A-hole founder and controller of both Abby and the Gifford organization is Mark Kelly, one of the current Senators from Arizona. The worthless POS is running for re-election and if the polls are correct he will likely win. I am afraid that this trend of mostly conservative states electing liberal Democrats is not a fluke, but the future and that we will see more and more unconstitutional anti-gun laws passed until we wind up like Australia or England. The majority of the population are sheep, as clearly demonstrated by the wearing of the worthless masks during the Covid farce,… Read more »


I forgot more about hunting than this clown Ryan Busse will ever know , but he knows more about taking people rights and promoting lies while he pretends to make people safe while stripping them of thier constitution rights . FJB and this appointed clown Ryan Busse


Incrementalism is the offensive tactic of the Progressive New Left. One step at a time. Look at every major public policy issue over the past fifty years and you see incrementalism at work chipping away at not only conservative resistance but at the foundation of our culture. On every front incremental creep diminishes what was once Western Civilization. Add a gender a year. Ban a gun or feature every year. Chip away at financial independence. Reign in free enterprise by one more regulation every Congressional or legislative session. Incrementalism is the means to their end. The favorite tactic of Progressive… Read more »


It is possible for strong gun control laws to not infringe upon our rights and to make us safer. For example expanding FOPA to cover all firearms, and “clarify” that travel includes not only necessary stops but also tourist (or touring) stops along the way. The law should be strengthened to make it an automatic defense which prosecutors must refute before indicting and which has teeth to actually punish officials infringing upon traveler’s rights. As another example national reciprocity, requiring all states to recognize carry rights of nonresidents – allowing any nonresident who can carry in their home state (permitted… Read more »

Wild Bill

Why not just go back to the Constitution? Going back to the Constitution would be less effort, less confusion, less dangerous precedent, and less political power grabbing.


The travel protections should extend beyond the automobile; everything from airline travel to hiking. I used to dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail but after 3 bear encounters camping in the U.P. I wouldn’t attempt it without a suitable side arm.


Absolutely. In my mind hiking would qualify as touring while passing through a state. Heck – in parts of the world you can drop in on friends for just under a year and consider it visiting. Lots more to see in most states than in a friend’s home – so taking a year to explore should still qualify as travelling. Until you are considered a resident, you are a visitor – and should be protected from any idiotic local laws. I agree with @WB – 2nd says it all. 2A should be strongly enforced, with severe penalties for those who… Read more »


Dishonesty is a constant vein for the lifeblood of leftists. False flag operations, denial of blatant facts, misdirecting evidence and putting up “experts” on subjects they wish to steer for political gain are par for the course for a bunch for whom truth isn’t a prime value. Truth only matters to them if touting it favors their cause. Just read, “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky.

Idaho Bob

“I’m still a proud gun owner who believes in responsibility”, and that responsibility begins by hitting the target safely and accurately every time with whatever gun I choose.


Unfortunately I cannot claim accurately hitting my targets. However I compensate by insuring safe backing over entire area at risk. Kind of same thing if I define a berm to be my target \lol


There are gun control agents infiltrating every aspect of our organizations for gun rights and support of the Second Amendment. Be very careful who you support and to whom you give financial aid. The NRA, under LaPierre, long ago abandoned the Second Amendment to become nothing more than a private business suckering gun owners into contributing while at the same time caving into to the Left on their gun control schemes.
Make sure you fully get any group who weeks your support.


Make sure you fully VET?

Oregon Firearms Federation for Oregoniestan


“we know” – hmm does he have a mouse in his pocket or is it just another rat? Seems obvious to most of us that phrase is akin to “everybody knows” – IOW they intentionally use it when they do not know. Reminds me of one of the current political ads running in my neck of the woods where the statement is that AR15s are everywhere for everybody – oh really? Those semi auto rifles ‘may’ be available – IF someone can afford them AND can pass the necessary background check. The word of the day on a dictionary program… Read more »


Complete horseshit Ryan Busse. Your entire statement “take back the conversation” is fallacious & erroneous in that it errantly presumes & asserts that the left wing extremist’s ever had/held the conversation at any point. Where is the proof that they “make country is safer” ? We are all continually reminded by the seemingly non-stop failures of most leftist policies put in place by ruling oligarchy of a rigged corrupt pay for play system then incessantly gaslight by MSM. There is a whole sub-stack mentality & mindset of American Dunning-Kruger Effect of ignorant people who are so sure they’re right. Issac… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Tank

I read the enclosed BOXED statement. I as a Legal Law Abiding American Citizen call the statement BOVINE SCAT!! A person who wants to STRIP the RIGHTS of Americans HAS NO RIGHT TO TELL Second Amendment SUPPORTERS who or what to think!!


I thought your “Fudds’ turn in the barrel” link was going to go here.


Outlawing semi-automatic AR15 type rifles and standard full capacity magazines is NOT a “reasonable compromise” – IT IS THE ENDGAME!
It is the difference between an effectively armed citizenry that possesses the capability to defend it’s freedoms – and a citizenry restricted by law to low capacity sporting arms that NO LONGER possesses the capability to defend it’s freedoms!
It’s the tipping point.
They know it, we know it.
They intend to take them.
We can’t let it happen.
At all costs.



Not really.

It would however mark another transition on the path of FedGov from a government that “secures” the rights of its citizens and therefor should be “suffered” toward one that is a threat to those same rights and should be “thrown off” and/or “abolished.”


Yes, really.
It changes everything.
It tips the balance of power FIRMLY to government advantage.
The armed citizenry will no longer be EFFECTIVELY armed so as to be a deterrent to tyranny.