The magazine Guns & Ammo is coming under a firestorm of criticism for an upcoming piece that promotes regulations for firearms and common sense safety precautions. In a preview of an editorial to be published in the Magazine’s December issue, Ad Age reported this Wednesday that Guns & Ammo technical editor Dick Metcalf has taken a stance which is in direct contrast to many in the conservative gun rights movement.
“Way too many gun owners still seem to believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement,” Metcalf wrote. “The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.”
Metcalf was careful to reinforce his strong support of the Second Amendment in the piece, but he also focused on the need for gun owners to get adequate training, even suggesting that it should be mandatory for them to do so.
“I’ve seen too many examples of unsafe behavior on too many shooting ranges to believe otherwise. And we’ve all read too many accounts of legally armed individuals dealing with the consequences of not being properly trained or prepared when confronted with a bad situation.”
When the news of Metcalf’s upcoming editorial leaked out, he was pounced on by gun enthusiasts — most notably on the magazine’s Facebook page where several readers threatened to end their readership.
“Off the topic but just want to know why your editor would support gun control?” one commenter wrote. “This is a gun magazine correct? I don’t think we will be reading your magazine anymore.”
As the attacks from conservative gun owners mounted on other sites, demands for Metcalf’s firing prompted the magazine’s editor Jim Bequette to issue an apology:
“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,” he said. “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 I ask your forgiveness.”