The director of next week’s Southern California CrossFit Games is standing strong amid criticism, maintaining that prizes will include Glock handguns.
The director, Dave Castro, said Glock “offered the weapons as prizes and he gladly accepted.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, “many” support the decision to give Glocks as prizes, but there have also been naysayers.
The Times pointed to an Instagram user who wrote, “As if our country doesn’t glorify guns enough already. Fitness not firearms, please. This sponsorship and Dave Castro’s personal choices to showcase guns saddens me as someone who does CrossFit.”
On Facebook, Jennifer Elizabeth wrote:
Half of the US and most of the rest of the world do NOT agree with the American gun culture, and are disgusted that you are forcing people who do crossfit to be associated with it by the “guns as prizes” BS. Whatever you believe in, show some respect, and stop ignoring that CrossFit is an international sport.
Nonetheless, Castro said he owns guns personally, and there will be no change in the plan to give Glocks as prizes.
He posted a photo of the Glock that will be given for the Clean Rope Climb:
“There has also been tremendous support. If I were to make all of my decisions based off of backlash, everything I have done around the CrossFit Games would have been butchered, altered and changed multiple times over,” Castro said. “As long as guns are legal in the U.S. based off of our constitutional right, nothing is changing.”
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.