Ah… The Life of Sportsmen

Enjoying a day in the country, camaraderie, teaching one’s child how to shoot and skin an animal, and bringing home to the family fresh meat for dinner. That was part of my early childhood with my father and his friends. I used a bb gun.

Shoot forward (no pun intended) to today’s powerful firearms and the massive industry lobbying. Meet the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) based in Washington DC with regional offices and state legislative caucuses. A N. Y. Times editorial refers to it as “a powerful voice arguing that gun safety measures will somehow undermine hunting, fishing, target shooting and other activities … And when it comes to insider influence on Capitol Hill, it has the ear of members of the sportsmen’s caucus, which has often supported measures embraced by the firearms industry.”

Meet your Congressional Sportsmen’s NJ Caucus members: Rep. Rob Andrews, Rep. Leonard Lance, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, Rep. Jon Runyan, and Rep. Chris Smith. And your NJ Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership: Sen. Donald Norcross, Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblyman John Burzichelli.

Financial sponsors of the foundation include firearms manufacturers such as Remington which advertises its AUTOLOADING MODEL 597™ and praises “the speed with which it zips out rounds, and Browning which promotes its AR5 which is “built to be the most reliable, fastest cycling, best performing and softest shooting recoil-operated autoloader on the planet.” Other sponsors include the NRA and Koch Companies. (Yes. Those infamous brothers.)

While the foundation supports a broad range of worthwhile sportsmen activities, it also opposes a ban on the military-style rifles and high capacity magazines used in mass shootings. The Vice Chair of its Board is Mark DeYoung, President and CEO of ATK Armament Systems (formerly ATK Ammunition Systems.)

We are a long time and far away from my father’s life as a sportsman using a single action rifle for hunting and today’s fearsome firearms used to kill 20 or more people in a matter of seconds. It’s time for legislators to show moral courage and determination. It’s time for new rules.

Beyond the fold: information about the above congressmen’s positions.

Below for our congressmen is information from On the Issues website, NRA rating where available, and other comments:

  • Rob Andrews  (D-CD1): NRA Rating: F.

  • Frank LoBiondo (R-CD2): NRA rating: A

  • Leonard Lance (R- CD7): NRA rating: ? He announced plans only to introduce legislation aimed at expanding access to mental health services throughout the country.

  • Jon Runyan (R-CD-3):NRA rating: ? He opposes restricting gun purchase and possession and Runyan says he has not decided whether to support any of the new gun safety proposals. He has received campaign donations from the NRA.

  • Chris Smith (R-CD4): NRA rating: D+.

  • Ah… The Life of Sportsmen

    Enjoying a day in the country, comraderie, teaching one’s child how to  shoot and skin an animal, and bringing home to the family fresh meat for dinner. That was part of my early childhood with my father and his friends. I used a bb gun.

    Shoot forward (no pun intended) to today’s firearms and the massive industry lobbying. Meet the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), based in Washington DC, with regional offices and state legislative caucuses.  A N Y Times editorial refers to it as “a powerful voice arguing that gun-safety measures will somehow undermine hunting, fishing, target shooting and other activities …  And when it comes to insider influence on Capitol Hill, it has the ear of members of the sportsmen’s caucus, which has often supported measures embraced by the firearms industry.”

    Meet your Congressional Sportsmen’s NJ Caucus members: Rep. Rob Andrews, Rep. Leonard Lance, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, Rep. Jon Runyan, and Rep. Chris Smith. And your NJ Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership: Sen. Donald Norcross, Sen. Steve Oroho, Assemblyman John Burzichelli, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano.

    Financial sponsors of the foundation include firearms manufacturers such as Remington which advertises its AUTOLOADING MODEL 597™ and praises “the speed with which it zips out rounds, and Browning which promotes its AR5 which is “built to be the most reliable, fastest cycling, best performing and softest shooting recoil-operated autoloader on the planet.” Other sponsors include the NRA and Koch Companies. (Yes. Those infamous brothers.)

    While the foundation supports a broad range of worthwhile sportsmen activities, it also opposes a ban on the military-style rifles and high capacity magazines used in mass shootings. The Vice Chair of its Board is Mark DeYoung, President and CEO of ATK Armament Systems (formerly ATK Ammunition Systems.)

    We are a long time and far away from my father’s life as a sportsman using a single action rifle for hunting and today’s powerful firearms used to kill 20 or more people in a matter of seconds.  It’s time for new rules.

    Comments (9)

    1. Jay Lassiter
    2. Rosi Efthim
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    3. LawfulGunOwner

      Really, what is wrong with my fellow Democrats? I am an avid shooter, Union worker (now retired), mixed race, and have voted for Democrats for years. And I am now villified and  HATED, yes HATED by so called ‘progressives’ because I own several guns, including an AR type rifle? Me and my guns have NEVER shot ANYONE. The bills passed by the Assembly DO NOT DO ANYTHING to stop criminals or whackos. They ONLY criminalize lawful gun owners. I had always though so-called ‘progressives’ were all about equality and fair treatement for all. Now it seems as they are for an oppressive, suffocating  police state.  

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