All hell broke loose last month when Guns & Ammo writer Dick Metcalf dared to suggest that there should be some type of regulation for guns in the U.S.
At the time, Metcalf wrote in part:
I don't think that requiring 16 hours of training to qualify for a concealed carry license is infringement in and of itself.
There was an enormous outcry on the Guns & Ammo Facebook page, which was followed by numerous apologies by Guns & Ammo editor Jim Bequette:
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As editor of “Guns & Ammo,” I owe each and every reader a personal apology… In publishing Metcalf’s column, I was untrue to that tradition, and for that I apologize… I once again offer my personal apology… I miscalculated, pure and simple. I was wrong, and I ask your forgiveness.
Ultimately, there was no forgiveness, Bequette resigned and Metcalf was fired.
Metcalf recently penned a letter that was published by The Outdoor Wire, a pro-gun website, explaining his side of the story:
IMO [Guns & Ammo's parent company] was contacted by two major firearms industry manufacturers, stating that they would do no further business with IMO if it continued with its present personnel structure. Within hours, Jim Bequette resigned as editor of Guns & Ammo, and my relationship with all IMO publications and TV shows was terminated.
Metcalf also asked his haters four questions:
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1. If you believe the 2nd Amendment should be subject to no regulation at all, do you therefore believe all laws prohibiting convicted violent repeat criminals from having guns are unconstitutional? Should all such laws be repealed?
2. Do you also believe all laws establishing concealed-carry licenses are unconstitutional?
3. Do you have a concealed-carry license anyway?
4. Are you thereby violating the Constitution yourself?
According to Mother Jones, Metcalf also told the "Gun Talk" radio show last Sunday: "We expected we would generate a conversation. We didn't think we were going to incite a riot."