Dick Metcalf is a long time writer and editor for Guns and Ammo magazine — or he was until he wrote an article noting that not all gun laws are an infringement on Constitutional rights.
It didn’t take long; almost immediately after the article appeared in the December issue under the title “Let’s Talk Limits,” two advertisers contacted the magazine to say that they could no longer do business with the magazine as long as Mr. Metcalf was working there and angry emails began to pour in to both the magazine and Metcalf himself. There were, reportedly, many death threats included in those emails as well.
With readers threatening to cancel their subscriptions and advertisers threatening to take their business elsewhere, it didn’t take long before both Metcalf and Jim Bequette, the editor who approved the column were fired. Metcalf’s T.V. show was also cancelled, no doubt due to pressure from those same gun manufacturers who pressured Guns and Ammo to give him the axe.
Metcalf is an ardent supporter of the second amendment and has been involved in helping to craft laws in several states and at the federal level to protect the rights of gun owners, and his article in no way supports banning guns or imposing onerous restrictions.
Metcalf who taught history at both Yale and Cornell, wrote in the article, “Way too many gun owners still seem to believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement. The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.”
“All U.S. citizens have a right to keep and bear arms,” he went on, “but I do not believe that they have a right to use them irresponsibly.”
The column makes very few suggestions as to what sort of regulations there should be, but he does suggest that there should be a mandatory 16 hours of training before a permit is issued for a handgun citing numerous dangerous actions that he has personally observed at shooting ranges as evidence that it is needed. This was too much for those who see any regulation as an infringement on their rights.
Here is a small sample of the sort of email that the magazine received:
- “Apparently guns and ammo believes people who are pro-gun somehow believe they can use their gun ‘irresponsibly’. I was so incensed by his analysis and his negative feelings to pro gun advocates I’ve cancelled my subscription.”
- “I’ve cancelled my subscription and I’m NEVER coming back, and I have been a reader since 1964 and a subscriber since 1970. It is unconscionable for a GUN magazine to publish this kind of dribble.”
- “I’ve been a loyal reader of G&A for many years. Dick Metcalf should be fired for his Control Editorial. If he is not fired, I will never buy Guns & Ammo Magazine ever again.”
- “I will NEVER read your magazine again. I will NEVER buy anything offered in your magazine. You can kiss my red-blooded, white American ass!!!”
To the readers and advertisers of this magazine the word regulation is a four letter word and will lead to confiscation and oppression, and yet even Antonin Scalia has said that there is no unlimited right to bear arms and that regulation is acceptable. In July of 2012 he was asked about limitations to the Second Amendment by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
“Yes, there are some limitations that can be imposed,” Scalia, arguably the most conservative member of the court, said. “What they are will depend on what the society understood was reasonable limitation.”
Metcalf and Bequette are seeing first hand how rabid these “defenders” of the Constitution can be when they imagine a threat to their “God-given right” to own and use any weapon they desire. When someone suggests that they do not have an absolute right to own any weapon they choose and can afford they see an enemy of the Constitution and the only part of that document that they really care about.
h/t: Business Insider