Monday, November 17, 2008

Now I Agree With Bill Schneider

On this one bit, he's right:

I’ve learned that most gun owners aren’t hunters and some have nothing but scorn for hunters because we’re soft and care about other amendments. So, they mock us, calling us Elmer Fudds.
Emphasis mine.

Of course, that's the only part of his diatribe against gun owners I agree with. Ride Fast does an excellent job taking apart the rest of it.


I've always had a nagging little pain concerning the term "Fudd". I don't know where it came from, probably from one of those big gun boards I can't get on because I can't get my name approved (I haven't tried all that hard, really). While Ride Fast says it's used in a joking manner, I don't see it that way. It's a slur, like any other. Elmer Fudd is arguably the dumbest cartoon character ever conceived. Grouping a whole section of gun owners that way is stereotyping, plain and simple.

I understand where the sentiment comes from - the perception that hunters sold gunnies down the river over the assault weapons ban and other gun control measures. However accurate the perception is, it's done now. Grow the hell up.

If we're really concerned with the rights of all gun owners, if we're really concerned with "eating our own", then that term needs to go away. It's not helping, and it's giving our opponents a wedge issue to use against us.



phlegmfatale said...

oh, tosh!

They're just jealous because Elmer Fudd's got mad game.

Rustmeister said...


Anonymous said...

I agree.

Using the term is not only offensive, it's completely counterproductive. Throwing slurs at people who already disagree with you is NOT going to get them to change their opinion. What it will do is put their backs up and piss them off.

It will also cement their opinion about you being a "crazy gun nut."

We as a community simply need to stop using the term and, instead of resorting to immature name calling, actually reason with and educate these people. It's a bit harder, but it is the only way to get people to vote with you.

Anonymous said...

On the one hand, calling someone a Fudd violates the 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not throw bricks at personell on our side of the barricade.

On the other, Zumbo et. al. violated that by dumping on AR owners, thus choosing to be on the other side of the brick pile. A couple million bricks upside his head set him straight. If you don't want to be referred to as a Fudd, don't be one.

Anonymous said...

Wait! I'm both.. I have evil black rifles and I hunt. I guess that makes me Elmer with attitude.

Short of a Zumbo, Let's keep our petty arguments "in family".

Why give aid and comfort to those that hate ALL of us?