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1 jvic  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 9:50:56am

1. Here is a link to the NYT piece which in turn links to Metcalf’s last column.

2. Hopefully some centrist media outlet will give Metcalf a platform, perhaps in a point/counterpoint format with a gun control advocate.

3. I continue to maintain that the Internet, and the convenience of modern travel and communication, are doing more good than harm, but my concern is growing. Far more than I’d anticipated, these developments facilitate viciousness by extremists. Everything is so polarized nowadays that no potential referees seem trustworthy.

2 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 10:26:57am

Argh. Thought I’d put that in there. Fixed, thank you.

3 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 11:04:52am

I might also add that when discussing Remington in the context of ad revenue and editorial threats, you need to remember that Remington is simply a part of Freedom Group. That umbrella contains the following firearms related companies:

Advanced Armament Corporation
Barnes Bullets
Bushmaster Firearms International
Dakota Arms
DPMS Panther Arms
H & R Firearms
Marlin
Mountain Khakis
Para USA
Parker Gunmakers
Remington Arms
Remington Military
Remington LE
Remington PMPD
TAPCO

All of these brands are as tainted in my eye as Remington and Ruger for their use of their advertising revenue to blacklist Mr. Metcalf. What they did was certainly legal but the morality of it is questionable. Just as they are within their legal right to do so, I am also well able to refuse to buy their products and encourage all I am in contact with to not buy from them either. Barnes is especially annoying - I had intended to shift over to all copper hunting bullets in my reloading this year.

4 Dr. Matt  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 12:11:14pm

When the pedophile and homophobe Phil Robertson received criticism the RWNJs screeched ‘FREEDUM OF SPEEEAACH!’ However, we see what happens when someone dares speaks about gun safety legislation

5 jvic  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 12:16:39pm

In a related vein, I recently noticed that the NRA no longer posts its leadership or board of directors. I distinctly recall going to the Web page where they did so (it can be found on the Internet Archive). Mother Jones ran a piece on the NRA board a year ago; their link to the board no longer works.

Hiding the leadership is not an indication of institutional growth and confidence. It’s not impossible that I’ll purchase a firearm someday, but an organization with secret leadership will not speak for me.

6 sauceruney  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 1:30:03pm

re: #4 Dr. Matt

This. Definitely this.

7 Ace-o-aces  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 1:41:04pm

From the Article:

“We are locked in a struggle with powerful forces in this country who will do anything to destroy the Second Amendment,” said Richard Venola, a former editor of Guns & Ammo. “The time for ceding some rational points is gone”.

I saw that quote and I recalled flipping through one of those gun magazines a few weeks ago. It seemed to be geared towards people who were paranoid and prone to violence. Basically the kind of people you don’t want buying a gun.

(Mr. Venola was himself recently acquitted of murder charges. He Shot and killed his neighbor during a drunken argument, but got off due to Arizona’s “Stand Your Ground/Murder legalization” laws).

8 Political Atheist  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 2:03:19pm

Geez. Maybe there is a market for gun instructors not affiliated with RWNJ/NRA/extremist policy. Like someone who would be really candid about the safety, time required, and an excellent safety/shooting coach.

9 XtremeDave  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 3:36:15pm

re: #5 jvic

It’s not impossible that I’ll purchase a firearm someday, but an organization with secret leadership will not speak for me.

Unless you decide to start manufacturing/selling firearms, the NRA wasn’t going to speak for you in the first place. It ceased being a voice for gun owners a long time ago.

10 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 4:42:34pm

re: #8 Political Atheist

Geez. Maybe there is a market for gun instructors not affiliated with RWNJ/NRA/extremist policy. Like someone who would be really candid about the safety, time required, and an excellent safety/shooting coach.

We have a few lined up at the LGC, dude. I’m sure our Cali members would love to have another good instructor advertising there. Come on over, we don’t bite… theliberalgunclub.com

11 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Jan 5, 2014 4:42:53pm

re: #9 XtremeDave

Unless you decide to start manufacturing/selling firearms, the NRA wasn’t going to speak for you in the first place. It ceased being a voice for gun owners a long time ago.

The Coup happened in 1977… :(


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