“Wild Bill” correctly notes that it was the NRA’s trained minions, the attack dogs spooked by now decades of fiery rhetoric and scare-tactic fundraising appeals, that took down this most famous of hunting writers. And “Outdoor Life,” Zumbo’s writing home for decades, caved into the pressure brought to bear by these same NRA zombies. Not a First Amendment issue? You bet it was. Instead of standing behind Zumbo, no matter what he said on his blog posting, the magazine fell to its knees in the face of the pressure.
Here’s Schneider’s original column.