SHORT OF A DUEL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“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.”

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