When my latest copy of Guns and Ammo came in, there was an article by Dick Metcalf bewailing the fact that the requirements for receiving a concealed carry permit were not as stringent in the rest of the country as in Illinois. Immediately, the left wing blogs picked up the story and began running posts like "Gun Magazine supports gun restrictions." CNN jumped on it right away and they are still doing so now that Metcalf has been terminated. This guy provided the left with a rich source of propaganda and an excellent opportunity to attack gun owners, which the Democrats and their pilot fish are not missing for a second. I just watched a CNN segment that touted gun owners as closed minded buffoons who can't stand a little scrutiny of their beliefs. Metcalf and Bequette were lionized as realists who understand that gun ownership is not an absolute right and has to be "regulated" by the government.
I've been around a while and I remember 1994, when this kind of thing is exactly what provided cover for Republican Senators and Representatives to vote for the 10 year ban that Diane Feinstein declared would make the U.S. safe in our time.
Metcalf had an obligation to the people that buy that magazine, and he completely ignored it in order to "generate a little action." Well, he got his action and so did the editor, Jim Bequette. Some people are too stupid or too arrogant to learn from experience. When the new magazine "Recoil" came out, the editor wrote a story in the first edition that was poisonously anti-Second Amendment. As a result, the 2nd edition rotted on newsstands. When the publishers fired that guy and got a pro gun ownership man in there, the magazine took off and has done well. For Metcalf and Bequette to run a story implicitly calling for tighter restrictions on gun ownership is like having a preacher come to church and give a sermon on the benefits and strengths of atheism.
If I want to hear debate on my right to own guns, all I have to do is turn on CNN, or MSNBC, or ABC. Piers Morgan is always ready to scream and shout and try to intimidate his "guests." I can always watch that as he does his show on evil gun owners. I sure don't need that same aggravation in a magazine I am paying cash for.
I think they both got what they deserved.
From Jim Bequette, Editor Guns & Ammo Magazine:
As editor of Guns & Ammo, I owe each and every reader a personal apology.
No excuses, no backtracking.
Dick Metcalf’s Backstop column in the December issue has aroused unprecedented controversy. Readers are hopping mad about it, and some are questioning Guns & Ammo‘s commitment to the Second Amendment, and I understand why.
Let me be clear: our commitment to the Second Amendment is unwavering. It has been so since the beginning. Historically, our tradition in supporting the Second Amendment is unflinching. No strings attached. It is no accident that when others in the gun culture counseled compromise in the past, hard-core thinkers like Harlon Carter, Don Kates and Neal Knox found a place and voice in these pages. When large firearms advocacy groups were going soft in the 1970s, they were prodded in the right direction from the pages of Guns & Ammo.
In publishing Metcalf’s column, I was untrue to that tradition, and for that I apologize. His views do not represent mine — and, most importantly, Guns & Ammo’s. It is very clear to me that they didn’t reflect the views of our readership, either.
Dick Metcalf has had a long and distinguished career as a gunwriter, but his association with Guns & Ammo has officially ended.
I once again offer my personal apology. I understand what our valued readers want. I understand what you believe in when it comes to gun rights, and I believe the same thing.
I made a mistake by publishing the column. I thought it would generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights. I miscalculated, pure and simple. I was wrong, and ask your forgiveness.
Plans were already in place for a new editor to take the reins of Guns & Ammo Jan 1. These recent events have convinced me I should advance that schedule immediately.
Your new Guns & Ammo editor will be Eric Poole, who has so effectively been running our special interest publications like Book of the AR-15 and Trigger. You will be hearing much more about this talented editor soon.
Guns & Ammo will never fail to vigorously lead in the struggle for our Second Amendment rights and with vigorous young editorial leadership, will do it even better in the future.