Skip to comments.Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns (consider the source)
Posted on 01/05/2014 6:04:38 AM PST by Olog-hai
The byline of Dick Metcalf, one of the countrys pre-eminent gun journalists, has gone missing. It has been removed from Guns & Ammo magazine, where his widely-read column once ran on the back page. He no longer stars on a popular television show about firearms. Gun companies have stopped flying him around the world and sending him the latest weapons to review.
In late October, Mr. Metcalf wrote a column that the magazine titled Lets Talk Limits, which debated gun laws. The fact is, wrote Mr. Metcalf, who has taught history at Cornell and Yale, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be. The backlash was swift, and fierce. Readers threatened to cancel their subscriptions. Death threats poured in by email. His television program was pulled from the air.
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Slow day and he had a hard time dreaming up some spin.
Yeah; heaven forfend that he actually works on reporting real news.
Doesn’t he have it backwards here? all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.
Isn’t the constitution to regulate government not the other way around?
all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.
Inalienable Rights! Not Granted By Government!
IMHO Dick was being used by Leo Hindery, Jr. Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners (guns and ammo, shooting times etc) as a feeler to see how the shooting community would take to modifying their stance on gun control
Hindery is an Obama bundler and an anti gun POS who has caused me not to renew my subscriptions to intermedia gun mags.
Richard is right --- Dick is wrong.
Just like A&E, they could fire him or keep him, subject to the people that pay the bills opinion. The Reader and/or the Viewer.
Metcalf lost. Phil Robertson won. Both for the same reason.
Good to know.
I firmly believe that sponsors of programs (such as Metcalf’s WAS) do pay attention to what their customers say and do. If you hit them in the pocket book via boycotts and bad press, they will drop you like a hot potato.
From the article: “Moderate voices that might broaden the discussion from within are silenced.”
And, rightly so. To allow any encroachment on these rights is to invite the libtards to take even more, and more. That is precisely why we are in the state we are, today. Creeping socialism.
The dhimmicraps well understand ‘death by a thousand cuts’, and they are content to play that game to advance their socialist utopian goals.
The “shout fire” analogy doesn’t work, no one is proposing to surgically remove vocal cords.
Not that I don't believe the NYT (cough), but I'd like to see documentation of said death threats; followed by documentation that these threats were received from actual subscribers to G&A.
History shows that the Left tends to create "events" that support their narrative. Of course, this is due solely to the fact that we racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, etc. conservatives don't behave in the manner in which we are characterized and the agenda must be advanced, regardless.
A comment by Metcalf: Compromise is a bad word these days, he said. People think it means giving up your principles.
Well, if your argument starts from a firmly principled stand, then the spirit of compromise demands that you move away from that principled stand and toward the position taken by your adversary. So, to that extent, at least, compromise does entail giving up some incremental element of your principles.
In the current political environment, it will be best that true conservative, Constitutional voices remain quite firm and NOT compromise. If that results in gridlock, so be it.
This is not a time for pastels, as has been said.
Absolutely. Mainly, because there is no such thing as a Constitutional right. We have certain unalienable rights that are protected by our Constitution. It is the first line of defense against those who would try to subjugate We The People.
Even without the Constitution, we would still have them.
This article is front page center, directly below a picture of a starving Afghanistan boy being held by a completely black burqua-clad cypher (a person or thing of no value or importance; nonentity).
Hey Ravi, why don’t you write a column criticizing abortion, affirmative action or fag marriage and see how fast the NY Slimes boots your dot headed ass out the door.
Good review of the Slimes article here:
THE TRUTH ABOUT GUNS.COM
New York Times Champions Dick Metcalf And Reveals The Truth About Gun Reviews
By Robert Farago on January 5, 2014
The New York Times article Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns exposes gun journo extremism. Its based on an unsurprisingly sympathetic profile of Dick Metcalf. You may remember Mr. Metcalf as the Guns & Ammo writer given the old heave-ho after writing a column suggesting that government regulation of gun rights isnt necessarily a bad thing. Suffice it to say, Warren Zevons Poor Poor Pitiful Me. More specifically, this: Mr. Metcalf said he invited a reporter to his home because he despairs that the debate over gun policy in America is so bitterly polarized and dominated by extreme voices . . .
He says he is still contemplating how a self-described Second Amendment fundamentalist who keeps a .38 snub-nose Smith & Wesson revolver within easy reach has been ostracized from his community. Compromise is a bad word these days, he said. People think it means giving up your principles.
Yes. Yes they do. Keeping in mind Senator Barry Goldwaters famous quote extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Now for the juicy bit. In its effort to diss gun journalism in general, the Old Gray Lady reveals that Guns & Ammos reviews are bought and paid for . . .
You are so right.
That's where the battle begins and ends.
Right now we're losing it, and badly.