Jim Zumbo Fired
Looks like I missed the whole “Jim Zumbo” controversy in February, but (since it’s my blog, lol) it’s never to late to chime in! If you want to read up on the whole brohahah, take a look at these links:
What he said (scroll down to “Terrorist rifles blog entry”)
Outdoor Life’s “Official” comments.
In a nutshell, Zumbo made some fairly pointed comments against using, what he refers to as, “Assault Weapons” for hunting, then dug the hole deeper by labeling them “terorist weapons.”
It was a dumb thing for him to say, especially to the audience he knew would be reading his blog. He knows it was dumb, and has admitted it openly, apologized, and recanted.
I’ll give him this, he sounds pretty sincere. It’s a shame to end a great career with one dumb comment. Sounds like a guy who put in a long day, ended up in a grumpy mood, and made a hasty blog post. Lord knows I’ve done it often enough myself.
I’ve met Zumbo a couple of times at sports-shows and he seemed like a pretty straight-from-the-hip, John Wayne kinda guy. Also, seemed that he might, given the chance, speak quickly and loudly, before thinking. (Again, something I can relate to.) Maybe he’s even earned the right to do so.
Personally, I think there are too-few seasoned outdoorsmen out there, pulling for our rights (as Zumbo has again, and again) to crucify a guy for one admittedly stupid blog post. As both a personal and professional blogger, it reminds me, again, that a blog (like a firearm) can be a dangerous weapon and requires constant responsibility.
Here’s my email to Outdoor Life:
Outdoor Life Magazine, April 30, 2007 RE: Jim Zumbo
Just wanted to let you know that I will not be re-subbing to OL until it becomes public that Jim Zumbo has been offered a reinstatement of his position with your magazine. Should he chose to decline such an offer, that is his choice, and I’ll resub (a little sadly, tho) at that time.
Zumbo has spent far too many years as a tireless advocate for outdoorsmen and gun owners, to be so quickly blackballed over a single foolish comment, for which he has sincerely and whole-heartedly apologized and publicly recanted.
Aren’t there enough left-wing antigun nuts out there “gunning” for us already, without us crucifying our own, especially someone with a record like Jim’s?
Love your magazine, always have, always will. I will be deeply saddened if it’s no longer a part of my life.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Perry P. Perkins
Another thing that is starting to concern me is the increasing occurences of firing people for stating thier personal opinions. (Though there’s a BIG differnece between making racial slurs on a radio program that IS your job, and posting to your personal blog.)
I certainly don’t like everything that’s written or spoken out there, but what happened to the first amendment? How long will it be before I’ll have to be concerned for my job if I post a comment on my personal blog in favor of gun ownership, or hunting sports, or religion.
Slippery slope folks.
Lastly, if you feel that Zumbo is a great outdoorsman, who has done invaluable service over the years for both the outdoor community and the gun-owners of
America (my feelings) here’s a petition you can sign.
What do you think about this?
PS – Speaking of my “alluded to” refernece to Don Imus, above, Scott Adams (Dilbert) has a VERY interesting (and a little humbling) take on THAT mess, here.