This supposed pro-gun organization is running radio ads narrated by a former Washington Redskins football player Ray Schoenke, who is their president. They are saying Obama will protect the rights of gun owners.
I’ve never heard of them before. With a name like the American Hunters and Shooters Association they must be for gun rights, right? What we’ve got here is a sheep in wolf’s clothing. After some research it’s clear that these guys are, at best, a group that wants to conserve land and see gun ownership restricted to hunters and sport shooters. Their web page space is mostly taken up by anti-NRA rhetoric. That may be because their executive director was a former NRA employee.
Their president and spokesman Ray Schoenke has written several Huffington post pro-Obama and anti-NRA articles. The Huffington Post, is a well-known liberal publication, isn’t it a bit odd for gun advocate to write for a liberal publication? In this article, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ray-schoenke/hunters-and-shooters-supp_b_97028.html Ray Schoenke, their president, states “Hunters and Shooters Support Obama: He ‘Gets It’”, and then cites ONE example, Obama voted for an amendment that prevents the Government from confiscating guns in a time of crisis or emergency. He also mentions conserving land and ties that into Obama advocating hunting somehow. So that one marginal pro-gun example is enough for Schoenke to ignore all the evidence that Obama is anti-gun, including Obama’s recent statement “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress.” What I want to know is how much are they paying Schoenke to be president of AHSA and endorse Obama?
Their executive director, Bob Ricker was a former NRA lawyer but switched sides and began going against gun manufacturers. See the following CBS story for details: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/05/09/60minutes/main553147.shtml Now he is involved with a “Hunters and Shooters” group that endorses Obama? How convenient.
John Rosenthal was formerly with the AHSA. He wrote this article with the following nugget “Gun Shows are the equivalent of al Qaeda terrorists walking right onto the airplane while law abiding citizens wait in the TSA line!” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-rosenthal/gun-shows-and-terrorists_b_119932.html
Regardless of what you think on gun issues, it really pisses me off to see the an organization with a name like the “American Hunters and Shooters Association” advertising that they are for the rights of gun owners when their leadership biography clearly shows otherwise.