SHORT OF A DUEL
“Unlike Wayne LaPierre, I don’t fly on private jets, and my salary is a dollar a year. I can also outshoot LaPierre and I’ll gladly challenge him to a wild hunt. That’s a challenge I look forward to, but I won’t hold my breath that he’ll ever take it.”
So says Ray Schoenke, a former Washington Redskins football standout and founding president of the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA), referring — none-too-kindly, obviously — to National Rifle Association President Wayne R. LaPierre.
An avid hunter, Mr. Schoenke owns a 300-acre hunting preserve on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, although he stalks game around the world.
His uncommon challenge at marksmanship coincides with the release of the AHSA’s new report, “Slash and Burn: Why Does the National Rifle Association Leadership Support Congress’s Biggest Opponents of Conservation?”
Explains Mr. Schoenke: “Our goal is to pull back the curtain on the ugly truth: The leaders of the [NRA], who have long claimed to represent hunters and shooters, have instead overwhelmingly supported the biggest conservation opponents in Congress. We want America’s 70 million gun owners, most of whom, like you and me, consider themselves conservationists, the opportunity to learn about the NRA’s dismal record on conservation.”