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    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politic...o-ousted_N.htm

    Montana gunsmith Dan Cooper has been ousted as chief executive of the rifle company that bears his name after pressure from gun owners who are angry that he is supporting Democrat Barack Obama.

    Last year, a similar outpouring of outrage derailed the career of Wyoming outdoorsman Jim Zumbo after he denounced the use of assault rifles for hunting. Zumbo was a staff writer for Outdoor Life magazine and the host of a television show on the Outdoor Channel.

    "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 outdoorlife.com. "I'll go so far as to call them 'terrorist' rifles."

    "Within a few days, I was radioactive in the industry," Zumbo writes on his website, jimzumbo.com. The magazine "asked me for my resignation, and I was suddenly without employment. I was done writing, and my TV show was on hiatus. Many of the companies that supported me in the past issued severance statements with me on their websites, as did shooting and firearms organizations," including the National Rifle Association.

    Zumbo was able to save his career by publicly embracing assault rifles. He wrote a mea culpa entitled, "I was wrong, big time." And he "went on to work with the Second Amendment Foundation … and attended a three-day assault rifle course, which I immensely enjoyed," he writes on his website.

    "It's very simple supporting the second amendment is like being pregnant. Either you do or you don't,," said Jim Shepherd, who publishes the Outdoor Wire and other newsletters. "Is it right? It just is. It's the way it works. It's absolutism. Dan Cooper laughed at his customers. If that company does not take Cooper out of its name, they're dead."


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    "It's a really McCarthyism at its worst," said Bob Ricker, executive director of the American Hunters and Shooters Association, which has endorsed Obama. "That's really why our organization was formed, was to deal with this craziness. If you're a gun owner, but you have a contrary view to some of these wackos, they will go out and try to destroy you."
    A bunch of us are wackos. Who knew. :quirky

    Dan Cooper is certainly entitled to his opinion and to donate his money to whomever he wants. His customers are in turn certainly entitled to express their opinion about his actions and donations and choose not to spend any more money with his company knowing that some portion of that purchase price may end up in the coffers of a politician they find anathema to their rights.
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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    He should have kept his mouth shut about his personal views, especially considering he knew they would piss people off.
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    So he didn't learn the lesson from Smith and Wesson?

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    XD-GEM wrote:
    So he didn't learn the lesson from Smith and Wesson?
    Or Bill Ruger
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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    FOOLS RUSH IN :shock:

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    Michigander wrote:
    He should have kept his mouth shut about his personal views, especially considering he knew they would piss people off.
    Um....heh heh...

    Cutely ironic, given the website we're on.

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    I'd call this a good example of "Free Trade" at it's best. We, as consumers, are free to trade with whoever we choose........or not.

    It's simply bad business to piss off your customer base.

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    Task Force 16 wrote:
    It's simply bad business to piss off your customer base.
    Please also consider the difference between 'customer' (who is always right) and 'subscriber' that values membership more than principle.

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