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Digger's Corner -- Beware 'American Hunters and Shooters Association'
NRA-ILA ^ | 7/28/05

Posted on 07/30/2005

Some of you might have recently heard of a new organization claiming to represent hunters and gun owners. As is often the case this organization builds a nice website and claims to be a friend of hunters when the reality is they are nothing more than the enemy in camouflage.

The new group calls itself the American Hunters and Shooters Association, a friendly sounding name designed to part unsuspecting hunters and shooters from their hard earned dollars. They claim to be a “rational” voice in the hunting and gun rights policy debate, implying that groups like NRA are irrational.

Everything about AHSA sounds warm and fuzzy, that is unless you take the time to look deeper into their website. Quickly you realize that they want to regulate certain calibers of guns, allow the FBI to keep records on people who buy guns and put an end to gunshows as we know them.

The most telling thing about AHSA is its leadership. A quick look at the website shows that Bob Ricker is listed as AHSA Executive Director. Hunters will remember that Ricker is a former NRA employee who switched sides and has actively worked for gun control groups for many years now. Most recently Ricker was paid by a Virginia based anti-gun group, where he lobbied to shut down gun shows and put further restrictions on gun owners.

John Rosenthal is listed as President of the AHSA Foundation. Rosenthal is one of the founders of the Massachusetts based group Stop Handgun Violence, a group that has been a major force in passing some of the most draconian state gun laws in the nation.

With leadership like that, there is no doubt about the true goals of AHSA. They are trying to fool hunters and gun owners with a soft sell, while working behind the scenes to end the sport that we all love. I fully expect that next year we will see anti-gun Congressional candidates boasting their AHSA endorsements. Unfortunately, some gun owners will be fooled by this rhetoric, so help us spread the word that AHSA isn’t what they claim to be.
 

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Ex - good post!!!! I am appalled by the apparent attempt at subterfuge here - it stinks!

I think we all need to be on our guard on such matters. Glad you posted and thx bud.
 

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GOOD INFO ExSoldier

THANKS! Good looking out.
The antis & semi-antis are getting very sneaky!.
 

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Thanks for the information. What sneaky bastards....
 

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A did a bit of digging. The website is registred to Joshua Fryday, 1225 I street, suite 600, Washington District of Columbia 22005. Mr. Fryday, a former UC Berkeley liberal activist, works for an outfit called DCS Congressional and they are a no-bones-about it Democrat Party Machine. The president of DCS is Gerry Kavanaugh and an article in the Boston Globe describes him:

The Dartmouth native has worked as chief of staff to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and as a policy director at the Democratic National Committee. He ran Kennedy's last two re-election campaigns. He has organized city council and mayoral campaigns in Quincy, Salem and Boston.

So when it came time to choose sides in the current presidential race, it would seem natural for Mr. Kavanaugh to sign onto the campaign of another Democrat from the Bay State, Sen. John F. Kerry. Instead, Mr. Kavanaugh is working as a senior policy adviser to John Edwards, a Democratic senator from North Carolina.
Aaron Pickrell is listed as Chief Operating Officer and his mini-bio says: "He has worked on a variety of campaigns over the years - most recently for Senator John Edwards - serving as a senior aide to his Presidential campaign in Iowa and Raleigh."

Andy Golodny is listed as Director of Internet Advocacy and says that "oversaw all aspects of internet strategy - including the website, email list, fundraising, and advertising for the Tom Daschle for Senate campaign."
 

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Good job, Miggy! If you don't mind, I'd like to post YOUR post on another board. My gun club's forum page. OK?
 

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One post less I have to do over there :biggrin:
You don't have to ask.. it is public record. Go nuts :wink:
 

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I have "met" (never introduced myself or shook his hand, but been within 3' of this piece of ****) John Rosenthal. He always spews his lies and BS at every gun hearing in Boston, and I've attended and testified at many of them over the past 25 years or so.

He claims to own a gun, but can't define what it is . . . we suspect that it's a shotgun and he probably goes hunting with John Kerry! :whacko:

Rosenthal is a VERY DANGEROUS individual, with lots of money and a "mission" to BAN ALL GUNS, using whatever devious tactics he can think of.
 

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The fact that the anti-gun position relies on intentional deception of the American public to achieve its goals speaks volumes. I think those who would deprive us of our means of individual self-defense pose as much a threat to our freedom as do any terrorists. Those who want us defenseless have earned our mistrust.
 

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Whenever you read the word "rational", or "sensible" take a closer look. I always ask, by whose definition of rational or sensible? It's usually a giveaway that the author is up to no good.
 

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Oh my how they have gotten more deceitful...or just executing it better. Too bad I dont have the needed skills to render the website unreachable..:)
 
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