Long story short, Dick Metcalf of Guns & Ammo posts a column advocating — wait for it! — more gun control. You already know where this is going, right?
Yeah. After a tremendous outcry from the magazine’s subscribers, Mr. Metcalf gets rightfully shit-canned. And instead of taking the consequences like a man, like Jim Zumbo did, he launched an epic whine in the Friday edition of The Shooting Wire:
If a respected editor can be forced to resign and a controversial writer’s voice be shut down by a one-sided social-media and internet outcry, virtually overnight, simply because they dared to open a discussion or ask questions about a politically sensitive issue . . . then I fear for the future of our industry, and for our Cause. Do not 2nd Amendment adherents also believe in Freedom of Speech? Do Americans now fear open and honest discussion of different opinions about important Constitutional issues?
Ahhh, freedom of speech. Isn’t it just awesome when people who express an opinion and face the consequences in relation to a private entity try to hide behind their First Amendment rights? Just as so many people don’t understand the Second Amendment, obviously Metcalf doesn’t understand the First Amendment. To paraphrase the bumper sticker, “Bitch, the First Amendment protects you from the government. Not from your employer’s customers after you piss them off.”
Would hope the discussion could continue? All right. How about we talk about our government’s fear of citizens with guns? Or about its steadfast refusal to keep predators in jail? If Dick Metcalf’s not willing to talk about that, then he can just sit down and shut up. Why didn’t he advocate keeping violent people in jail instead of throwing out red herrings about the constitutionality of laws barring them from getting guns that they’re going to get anyway?
I find myself with a newfound respect for Jim Zumbo after this. He at least seemed to learn the error of his ways, where Metcalf’s just doubling down on his asshattery — bitterly clinging to it, to coin a phrase. As Tamara might say, let him freeze in the dark.