When you find yourself at the bottom of a hole, the first thing to do is STOP DIGGING.Dick Metcalf really needs to get that saying set as his screen saver. That way, before he starts typing he gets a good reminder to 'never miss an opportunity to shut up.'
Background- the last issue of Guns and Ammo (G&A) had a back page editorial where Mr. Metcalf took a page from the Brady Campaign and said that the 2nd Amendment (2ndA) had wording in it that allowed for Govt restrictions to the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (RKBA). He ignored lots of readings, rulings, and scholarship on the 2ndA that clearly said "Nuh-Uh", then went to back up his ramblings with "I taught this stuff once," and "but we regulate cars..." His idiocy got picked up by gun control zealots, and used against the RKBA
Anyway- he got himself "Recoil-ed" and "Zumbo-ed." He and the Editor of G&A got fired.
Mr. Metcalf, instead of taking a clue from Jim Zumbo, and go on a public "mea culpa" tour, and rehab his image.... Well, he decided to "Step on his Metcalf" again and show that not only does he not understand the 2ndA, but also shows a startling lack of knowledge on the FIRST Amendment!
Direct quote from Dick Metcalf's response on "The Shooting Wire":
...then I fear for the future of our industry, and for our Cause. Do not 2nd Amendment adherents also believe in Freedom of Speech?Dick... if I may call you 'Dick'... Here is the thing- You have the freedom of speech. So do I. When you wrote your (last) column, you were free to do so.
When I, as a long time customer, requested that G&A (Intermedia Outdoors) take you to the woodshed and spank you like a red-headed stepchild, I was free to do that as well.
However, since YOU are a negative on the balance sheet (overhead), and I am a positive (revenue) AND I was joined by a whole bunch of others from the revenue column.... you got canned.
Freedom of speech does not mean you have freedom from the repercussions. You (hopefully inadvertently) aided and abetted to enemy. Make no mistake, the anti-RKBA forces are the enemy, and as Michael Bane states so eloquently:
...people who would happily load us into boxcars and send us east! We need to say no to the people who destroy our heritage, spit on the Constitution and unleash their thugs.Now, PLEASE stop talking. Step away from the keyboard. Go take that 16 hour class (to carry a gun) that you are so happy to have in Illinois, do some introspection and navel-gazing. Think if you want to come back to The People of The Gun and work toward more freedom, or if you want to polish your FOID-colored chains and continue down the path to bondage.