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Democrats Use Fake Hunters Group to Push Gun Control

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 5, 2013 @ 6:00 pm In The Point | 18 Comments

The left is using fake front groups? I’m shocked. Truly, truly shocked.

Politico dedicated an entire piece to Bull Moose Sportsmen and their survey which claimed that the majority of hunters support Obama’s current phase one of gun control.

But there’s one problem. Bull Moose Sportsmen only has about 5,000 members and it’s run by Democratic political hacks. Also no one where its funding comes from.

Bull Moose Sportsmen, which claims 5,000 members… Bull Moose Sportsmen is a fringe organization run by Democratic activists that has been rejected from membership into the major gun and hunting groups’ umbrella organization because it refuses to reveal its funding sources.

While calling itself “nonpartisan,” Bull Moose Sportsmen is run by Democrats. Co-Founder Gaspar Perricone, who told Politico that, “Background checks fall within the ethics of responsible gun ownership,” is a former staffer for Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat.

The other co-founder of Bull Moose, Tim Mauck, was Mr. Udall’s finance director and was paid $4,743 by the senator’s campaign in 2012.

According to some public filings, the “non-partisan nonprofit organization” gave $17,000 in the 2012 federal election, and all of it went to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. It spent $117,540 in support of Mr. Bennet in the 2010 cycle. The group raised $354,228 in 2011 and spent $295,863.

So Bull Moose Sportsmen is basically a front for some figures in the Colorado Democratic Party. Its name and use of T.R. is yet another tiresome effort to co-opt Teddy Roosevelt for the left’s causes.

What would Teddy Roosevelt have thought of being exploited by the gun control crowd?

President Theodore Roosevelt carried a handgun when appearing in public, telling one friend, “I should have a chance of shooting the assassin before he could shoot me, if he were near me.”

Yes, but surely the President (it feels good to write that after so many years) only meant that he should be able to carry around a gun.

“The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world… The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!”

And to make it so

In 1903, the War Department Appropriations Bill authorized the establishment of the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice as well as the National Rifle and Pistol Trophy Matches, a concept strongly supported by President Theodore Roosevelt, an avid rifle shooter

In 1905, another step forward was taken, when President Roosevelt signed Public Law 149 into effect, authorizing the sale, at cost, of surplus military rifles, ammunition, and related equipment to rifle clubs meeting requirements specified by the Board and approved by the Secretary of War.

But… but semi-automatic weapons of war and death

Semi-automatics have been around for more than 100 years. President Teddy Roosevelt hunted with a semi-automatic rifle, as do millions of hunters today.

Bull Moose might want to change its name and stop using the Teddy Roosevelt logo. It could try Woodrow Wilson instead.


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