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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Hunter Jim Zumbo’s Blog Hunt Him Down

Blogging is fun and bloggers can write anything freely. That is why blogging is so popular. Anyway can write anywhere about anything without spending any money or having any programming knowledge. Well, blogging can sometimes get you into big problem and even cost your career. Jim Zumbo has realized this matter now.

Washington Post reported:

Modern hunters rarely become more famous than Jim Zumbo. A mustachioed, barrel-chested outdoors entrepreneur who lives in a log cabin near Yellowstone National Park, he has spent much of his life writing for prominent outdoors magazines, delivering lectures across the country and starring in cable TV shows about big-game hunting in the West.

Zumbo's fame, however, has turned to black-bordered infamy within America's gun culture -- and his multimedia success has come undone. It all happened in the past week, after he publicly criticized the use of military-style assault rifles by hunters, especially those gunning for prairie dogs.

"Excuse me, maybe I'm a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity," Zumbo wrote in his blog on the Outdoor Life Web site. The Feb. 16 posting has since been taken down. "As hunters, we don't need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them. . . . I'll go so far as to call them 'terrorist' rifles."

Gun is a big industry in the US and a lucrative industry. It has a lot of passionate followers as opponents. Jim Zumbo has lost his entire career only for his one blog entry. I have my full sympathy for him. Then, this is the brave new world of Blogging. You really do not know what will happen next. I am sure that Jim Zumbo will be a hero many bloggers in the coming days- especially those who are against the gun lobby. Anyway, the controversy is not going to die down that easily.

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