Rave shooting and "American Shooters & Hunters Assn"
In the wake of the Washington "Rave" shootings, the local media has (rather slowly, compared to past years) gone into customary mode. They are somewhat inconvenienced by the fact that the killer used a shotgun (but can at least take comfort in the fact that it had a pistol grip type stock), is not reported to have bought it at a gun show, had owned it for years, it wasn't an assault rifle nor a handgun, etc.
Still, the Seattle Post article above makes a game try, arguing that the killer *owned* other guns.
It also plugs the American Hunters and Shooters Ass'n, telling us that it's composed of shooters who want "commonsense" gun laws.
In fact, it was founded by John Rosenthal, who was on the Brady Center's board of directors. (He claims he left it in 2004 because he was frustrated by its support for the DC handgun ban. If so, he must have a high tolerance for frustration, since he was on the board for six years. A more likely explanation is that he was designated to found the new group, in an effort to split the shooting community). And it's run by a Demo consulting from, the DCS Group. Here's more from Countertop and from The Bitch Girls.
Its agenda is the same as Brady's. Looks like a proposal to extent Massachusetts' laws nationwide.
Here's Gunlawnews' great investigation of the group. The url was initially registered by DCS, which represents John Conyers, Nancy Pelosi, etc. The president of AHSA is a donor to Bill Clinton, the Brady Campaign, Barbara Boxer, Ted Kennedy, Diane Feinstein, etc.
But according to the Seattle newspaper, it's a bunch of shooters and hunters. Who says you can't trust the mainstream media?