Dick Metcalf, formerly of Guns & Ammo magazine, was fired because he tried to argue that gun control was OK constitutionally because the Second Amendment includes the words “well-regulated”. In other words, Metcalf was fired for stupidity. I shed no tears over that.
Yesterday, the New York Times, no friend of gun rights or gun owners, decided that Mr. Metcalf would make a great poster boy to show how authoritarian and how close-minded we are. Moreover, it looks like Mr. Metcalf cooperated fully with the Time’s reporter.
In the article that appeared online yesterday and on the front page of the print edition today, Metcalf said:
“I’ve been vanished, disappeared,” Mr. Metcalf, 67, said in an interview last month on his gun range here, about 100 miles north of St. Louis, surrounded by snow-blanketed fields and towering grain elevators. “Now you see him. Now you don’t.”
He is unsure of his next move, but fears he has become a pariah in the gun industry, to which, he said, he has devoted nearly his entire adult life.
While being the subject of front-page profile in the Times may impress his former colleagues at Yale and Cornell, it won’t help him within the gun culture. If anything, it completes his estrangement from those of us in the gun culture.
I don’t feel sorry for Mr. Metcalf. He has made his bed and now he has to sleep in it. Now if he’d just realize it.