Former Guns & Ammo Writer, Dick Metcalf, Who Wrote Pro Gun Control Column, Speaks Out After Being Fired
You guys remember Dick Metcalf right? The Guns & Ammo columnist who faced an industry and community wide backlash after he penned a pro gun control column in the December issue of Guns & Ammo?
Well, now he’s speaking out about the industry that he says, turned its back on him.
According to the New York Times,
Just days after the column appeared, Mr. Metcalf said, his editor called to tell him that two major gun manufacturers had said “in no uncertain terms” that they could no longer do business with InterMedia Outdoors, the company that publishes Guns & Ammo and co-produces his TV show, if he continued to work there. He was let go immediately.
“I’ve been vanished, disappeared,” Mr. Metcalf, 67, said in an interview last month on his gun range here, about 100 miles north of St. Louis, surrounded by snow-blanketed fields and towering grain elevators. “Now you see him. Now you don’t.”
He is unsure of his next move, but fears he has become a pariah in the gun industry, to which, he said, he has devoted nearly his entire adult life.
The issue isn’t that those of us in the gun industry refuse to have a rational discussion. The issue is that certain politicians and other leaders have made it clear that their endgame is to see all or most guns banned or highly regulated. Any step towards that is only getting them closer to their goal, not them compromising.
Gun owners have compromised numerous times over the last 100 years. We’ve seen numerous compromises by gun owners, especially at the federal level. For instance, take the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986. Gun owners were told if we just let the government regulate fully automatic weapons, things would end there. However, in 1994 we saw the passage of the federal “assault weapons ban” which we had to live under for 10 years.
Gun control proponents will not stop trying to regulate guns more and more and more. Gun owners have finally said, “No, we are learning from history, we’re onto your game and you will get nothing from this point forward.”