Tuesday, October 2, 2012

How big is your tent?

From a press release by the discovery channel (bold emphasis is mine).

In Discovery Channel's all-new one-hour special TED NUGENT'S GUN COUNTRY, premiering October 10th at 10PM E/P, viewers will get an inside look at American gun culture through the eyes of staunch second amendment defender Ted Nugent.

Meet Nugent's family and visit his sprawling Spirit Wild ranch just outside Waco, Texas, home to many species of big game that freely roam the meadows and pastures. An avid hunter and conservationist at heart, Ted has his eye on the herd of scimitar-horned oryx that have bred far faster than he anticipated. Knowing the land can't support the booming population, he plans to thin out the herd - and that sends him on a mission. He needs the right firearm and right ammo to get the job done. For that, it's a trip to top-grade firearms maker LaRue Tactical.

Nugent gets his hands on their new OBR PrediTAR .308 rifle and gets a lesson on the finer points of the weapon from renowned military sniper trainer Todd Hodnet. Ted's highpoint of the day: a 1,000 yard target that, when he hits it, causes a massive explosion that even he didn't expect.

There's a lot to dislike about Ted Nugent, his violent rhetoric, racism and homophobia for starters, but I'd never really considered him a conservationist before and so hadn't really thought about him a whole lot.

Here he is waxing all Pinchot like (note the 'wise-use') in the Washington times recently:

NUGENT: Conservation is not rocket science

I think we are going to need a bigger tent, a much bigger tent, if we want to include everyone who considers themselves a conservationist..

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