Blaine Harden, writing for the Washington Post, pulls a quote from freelance outdoors writer Pat Wray, implying that the grassroots outrage over Jim Zumbo’s gun bigotry blog post was the fault of the NRA:
“This shows the zealousness of gun owners to the point of actual foolishness,” said Pat Wray, a freelance outdoors writer in Corvallis, Ore., and author of “A Chukar Hunter’s Companion.” Wray said that what happened to Zumbo is a case study in how the NRA has trained members to attack their perceived enemies without mercy.
I spent much of Saturday reading and commenting to the blog reaction to this news article. Many pointed the finger straight at the NRA and made comments like “they eat their own”. (You can peruse these blogs with a simple Technorati Search)
Actually, The NRA was a latecomer to the party. I noticed that the NRA stepped in with their press release after Zumbo resigned. In their press release, the NRA rightly credited “grassroots response in support of the Second Amendment”, and not themselves.
Furthermore, Pat Wray seems to be a shill for the American Hunters and Shooters Association, which itself is a sham “reasonable” firearms enthusiast organization funded by the stealthy anti-gun Joyce Foundation.
I’ve already written about Jim Zumbo’s comments and his apologies that fell flat, please look here for more info on that. Instead, I’d like to sketch out a timeline of the incident. Times are approximate, because in most cases I can’t be 100% sure of what timezone certain web servers are operating on.
Feb 16, 2007- Jim Zumbo writes his original post. Tam summed this up best in a single sentence, “On Friday evening, a gunwriter who was apparently tired of his 42-year career put his word processor in his mouth and pulled the trigger.”
Feb16, midnight- Jim’s original post attracts 1 comment.
Feb17, 8:15 PM- Over on AR15.com, “IIRC” notices Zumbo’s blog post and starts a thread. This thread, as of today, spans 59 pages.
Feb 17, 10:52 pm- TD gets his licks in as the first known blogger.
Feb 17, 2007, 11:24 PM- The other huge firearms enthusiast forum, The High Road, starts their Zumbo thread off with a post by “blackhawk2000″ (Update)
Feb17, midnight- Jim’s original post attracts an additional 193 comments for this day
Feb 18 at 1:49 AM- Xavier picks up the Zumbo story, “A New Gun Control Advocate”
Feb 18, 10:02AM- Tam runs with the Zumbo story.
Feb 18, 01:29 PM- first letter from Tommy Millner, CEO and President of Remington, shows up in the comments of Zumbo’s blog
Feb 18, 02:39 PM- Glenn Reynolds runs with the Zumbo story.
Feb 18 at around 04:21 PM- Jim posts his first, (still confused about the issues), apology. This second post attracts 413 comments in about an hour, based on the time stamp of the first comment and the last one preserved when I took a snapshot. Last comment I preserved was at 05:30 PM. There were likely many more.
Feb 18, 04:44 PM- “Joe Milkor” posts a comment about Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership’s brand new Myspace presence. Many believe the initial page is fake.
Feb 18, between 07:10 and 8:37 PM- Outdoor Life Magazine slaps a CYA disclaimer statement on Zumbo’s blog “These opinions do not necessarily represent those of…”
Feb 18, 8:49 PM- Dave Cordrea receives a letter from Tommy Millner stating that Remington is disassociating themselves from all sponsorship of Jim Zumbo.
Feb18, midnight- Jim’s original post attracts an additional 2865 comments for this one day
Feb 19, 2007 8:56 AM- Sharp as a Marble posts the best damn parody.
Feb 19, 8:59 PM- Xavier notices that Zumbo’s blog has been taken down
Feb 19- Sponsor Cabela drops all ties with Jim Zumbo
Feb 21- Gerber Cuts Ties with Jim Zumbo
Feb 22 9:21:44 AM- First post on AR15.com by “Hellbound_Train” citing a press release from Outdoor Life Magazine on the occasion of accepting Jim Zumbo’s resignation.
Feb 22- First NRA press release NRA Publications Suspends Ties to Jim Zumbo
Feb 23, 10:32 AM- I post a comment over at SayUncle’s and follow that up with a blog entry showing that if that Brady MySpace page was fake in the past, at least it’s not now. I note that all Zumbo related content on that MySpace page has been scrubbed
Feb 23 07:04 PM- Ted Nugent opens a thread on his forum. and transfers a few messages (dated 02-22-2007 02:03 PM ) from Jim Zumbo into them. After a few false starts, Zumbo seems to finally get it.
Feb 24- “Pravda on the Potomac” brings the Zumbo saga to the mainstream media on page A03. Fully a week from Jim’s first post.
UPDATE: Mar 6 at 11:51 am: Paul Helmke and the Brady Bunch cherry pick quotes from others in an attempt to paint the grassroots movement that responded to Zumbo as a bunch of gun owning zombies, totally at the NRA’s bidding. Wow, just like the Washington Post did!
 I suppose I’ve got to lay off those NRA issued subliminal motivation tapes (kidding)
Hat tip to Say Uncle on this one.
 The Joyce Foundation also seems to fund wacky anti-freedom blogger GunGuys, and a shady group, the Alliance of Mayors Against Guns