Some of you might have recently heard of a new organization claiming
to represent hunters and gun owners. As is often the case this
organization builds a nice website and claims to be a friend of hunters
when the reality is they are nothing more than the enemy in camouflage.
The new group calls itself the American Hunters and Shooters
Association, a friendly sounding name designed to part unsuspecting
hunters and shooters from their hard earned dollars. They claim
to be a “rational” voice in the hunting and gun rights policy debate,
implying that groups like NRA are irrational.
Everything about AHSA sounds warm and fuzzy, that is unless you take
the time to look deeper into their website. Quickly you realize that
they want to regulate certain calibers of guns, allow the FBI to keep
records on people who buy guns and put an end to gunshows as we know
The most telling thing about AHSA is its leadership. A quick look
at the website shows that Bob Ricker is listed as AHSA Executive Director.
Hunters will remember that Ricker is a former NRA employee who
switched sides and has actively worked for gun control groups for many
years now. Most recently Ricker was paid by a Virginia based anti-gun
group, where he lobbied to shut down gun shows and put further
restrictions on gun owners.
John Rosenthal is listed as President of the AHSA Foundation.
Rosenthal is one of the founders of the Massachusetts based group Stop
Handgun Violence, a group that has been a major force in passing some
of the most draconian state gun laws in the nation.
With leadership like that, there is no doubt about the true
goals of AHSA. They are trying to fool hunters and gun owners
with a soft sell, while working behind the scenes to end the sport that
we all love.
I fully expect that next year we will see anti-gun Congressional
candidates boasting their AHSA endorsements. Unfortunately, some
gun owners will be fooled by this rhetoric, so help us spread the word
that AHSA isn’t what they claim to be. ~ Dawson