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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 10:55 AM
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Was Hunter Thompson pro-gun?
I was not a regular reader of his work. Was he an opponent of gun control as I have heard?
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 10:56 AM
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1. Um...
he owned dozens or maybe even hundreds of firearms and was a life member of the NRA (but then so is Michael Moore).
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Joe Power Donating Member (778 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 10:56 AM
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2. To put it mildly.
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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 10:58 AM
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3. Decidely pro-gun. n/t
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 10:59 AM
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4. He was pro-bazooka
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:16 AM
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11. LOL!
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:16 AM
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14. That about sums it up...
Gotta love him.

-Hoot
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MnFats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:00 AM
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5. the man loved his firearms.
could tell you the capabilities of every one.
got in trouble a time or two for firing at his ranch.
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:02 AM
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6. Hunter was not into gun control.
No. He really defended the second amendment.

OTOH, he opposed oppression, corruption, and chickenhawks.

The fact that he kept guns, big guns, loud guns, scary guns
is probably the only factor that allowed the time of his death to be of his choosing.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:20 AM
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16. Bravo. You summed it up nicely
:thumbsup:
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Adams Wulff Donating Member (658 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:07 AM
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7. HE was very pro-gun...
...and he wasn't afraid to use them.

You could ask John Denver, if he was still around

RIP both of them.
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Ready4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:23 AM
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18. John Denver?
Was there some kind of Hunter-Denver ruckus?
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Adams Wulff Donating Member (658 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 03:02 PM
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28. Thompson used to take pot shots at Denver..
his next door neighbor, with a 30-30.

I believe alcohol may have played a role.
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mattclearing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:07 AM
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8. Does a bear shit in the woods?
No, he was very into guns. He used to shoot propane tanks from a distance for fun.
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DistressedAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:12 AM
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9. Saw Some Great Footage Of Him Destroying A Jeep
With a heavy machine gun once. Very entertaining.

Added bonus, he made the guy that was showing up to interview him mow his HUGE lawn before agreeing to talk to him. Showed the proper respect for the media.

I'd love to see Wolf out there mowing for an interview.
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mattclearing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:16 AM
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13. Too, too funny.
It really doesn't get much more hardcore than Hunter Thompson.

This man was the last man standing from the Vietnam generation: The last one to sell out.

Even Dylan did his Victoria's Secret ad first.
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theboss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:50 AM
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21. Rolling Stone called him a sell-out for "Where the Buffalo Roamed"
He apparently had gotten into a habit in the 70s of selling film rights to his material to anyone with $50,000.00. The films would never get made and he found a steady source of income. Then someone actually managed to make a damn movie, which was decidedly awful (despite a pretty good performance from Bill Murray). Rolling Stoned panned it, and even Thompson quickly distanced himself.
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DistressedAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 01:07 PM
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25. I Loved Murry In That. I Think It Is The Funniest Thing He Has Done!
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theboss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:13 AM
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10. I'm sorry...that's a really funny question to anyone who read him
One of his favorite hobbies was drunkenly firing guns into the woods around his house.

A quote from an interview I found:

" I think George Washington owned guns. I've never seen any contradiction with that. I'm not a liberal, by the way. I think that's what's wrong with liberals. I believe I have every right to have guns. I just bought another huge weapon. A lot of people shouldn't own guns. I should. I have a safety record. Guns are a lot of fun out here."
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stubertmcfly Donating Member (285 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:16 AM
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12. in a word...
yes.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:16 AM
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15. Are you pro-air?
Same thing.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:21 AM
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17. Only slightly
Hunter Thompson would have bought a self-propelled howitzer if anyone would have sold him one. And he would have fired it too. He loved his guns.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:39 AM
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19. Hunter was into gonzo firearms.......he had a problem with things
that went boom!!
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skippythwndrdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:42 AM
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20. Sounds like my kind of guy.
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Devil Dog Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 12:57 PM
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22. Like all Good Americans, he owned firearms!
There! I said it, and I'm not taking it back!
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callous taoboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 01:07 PM
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24. sarcasm, i hope
:eyes:
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callous taoboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 01:05 PM
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23. Someone at an Aspen bar once asked him to
autograph a book. He throws the book up in the air and shoots it with a pistol.
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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 01:11 PM
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26. an article on Hunter/golf/guns is at buzzflash today

scrool down to bottom

www.buzzflash.com
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meisje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 01:23 PM
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27. "Machine guns are kind of nice. You can have a lot of fun with them. It's

"Machine guns are kind of nice. You can have a lot of fun with them. It's like watering the lawn. I don't get to play them very often."
- Hunter S. Thompson
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