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Chris Cox Addresses Safari Club Convention

Remember the days when hunting was cool and when Hollywood embraced it—think about “Old Yeller” and the opening to “The Beverly Hillbillies”? Well, if you don’t remember those days, Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action sure does.

He was one of the speakers at the Safari Club International (SCI) convention in Las Vegas earlier this month, where he spoke about the changing public attitude toward hunting and conservation.

Back in the 1950s and ’60s, entertainers from all sides—John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley—shared a love of the outdoors and hunting. Many of them not only were in films or sang songs about guns, but they owned and respected firearms—and used them responsibly, like NRA members and law-abiding gun owners of today do.

But something happened in the 1970s to change that. Animal rights groups started popping up, groups that put the welfare of animals above something as basic as hunting to feed your family.

You can watch Cox chronicle the change and talk about the hypocrisy that Hollywood has embraced of late here.

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