In early November former Guns & Ammo (G&A) magazine editor Dick Metcalf lost his pro-gun following – and his job – over a column in which he expressed his support for regulations to the 2nd Amendment. Since his firing, the perks Metcalf once enjoyed from gun companies have ceased, and The New York Times (NYT) is upset.
The NYT wonders why “moderate” voices are silenced in the world of gun journalism.
On November 5th Breitbart News reported that Metcalf used his G&A column to argue that all constitutional rights have and need regulation, including 2nd Amendment rights. The outcry against Metcalf was immediate and his firing swift. On November 7th Breitbart News reported that Metcalf had been fired by G&A.
According to NYT, Metcalf’s life changed completely thereafter – his television show was ended, “gun companies… stopped flying him around the world,” and they’ve also stopped sending him samples of the newest guns to review.
NYT points out that Metcalf isn’t the only former member of gun journalism to which this has happened, but others before him did not fall from so high nor did they fade so fast.
Sitting quietly in his Illinois home, Metcalf told NYT, “I’ve been vanished, disappeared.” Yet he said he does not regret writing the article in favor of 2nd Amendment regulations. His only regret is that the article “was too short” to capture the full nuances of his beliefs.
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