Dick Metcalf (bless his heart) is whining about double-crossing us. Yeah, really. You remember Dick? He used to write for Guns and Ammo magazine, and got handed the pink slip in November. Fox News reports that he's feeling a little bit banished.
Metcalf, a longtime writer on firearms and U.S. gun culture, saw his association with Guns & Ammo terminated in November -- he also had a T.V. show co-produced by the magazine -- after he wrote a column titled, “Let’s Talk Limits: Do certain firearm regulations really constitute infringement?”Yeah, well, when you write about increased firearm regulations in this time of a massive push for regulation, you're liable to feel a little backlash.
The New York Times covers it too.
His experience sheds light on the close-knit world of gun journalism, where editors and reporters say there is little room for nuance in the debate over gun laws. Moderate voices that might broaden the discussion from within are silenced. When writers stray from the party line promoting an absolutist view of an unfettered right to bear arms, their publications — often under pressure from advertisers — excommunicate them.They're all "whaa-whaa" about the thought that one senior writer would get handed his papers for suggesting that gun rights aren't absolute. We know that they're not absolute, we're painfully aware that gun rights aren't absolute, but then we come to the crux of the matter.
“We are locked in a struggle with powerful forces in this country who will do anything to destroy the Second Amendment,” said Richard Venola, a former editor of Guns & Ammo. “The time for ceding some rational points is gone.”
“Compromise is a bad word these days,” he said. “People think it means giving up your principles.”Oh, please, Dick. You know better than that. In a compromise, I give a little and you give a little and we come to a working agreement. Then it's over, and we get on with our lives. We live within the agreement and it never again becomes an issue. Tell me what the other side of the argument is willing to cede, Dick, and maybe we can talk about compromise. However, my side giving up things, over and over again, isn't compromise, it's incrementalism. If Metcalf is too stupid to understand that, he's too stupid to write for a magazine that I'll read.
You want to compromise, Metcalf? What are you willing to give up?