By Fred Riehl
Manasquan, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- So how are we the bad guy? Was it miss placed anger or frustration? Was it naivete or just plain mindless disconnect between reality and imaginary worlds?
It seems AmmoLand’s Twitter account has been the topic of some back and forth by seemingly pro gun (for and against) and not so pro gun Twetters (all against), as they were annoyed or down right pissed off that AmmoLand would be broadcasting gun related news, something we do 247/365, in the wake of the horrible Connecticut school massacre.
The crux of the sentiment was we were being disrespectful carrying on the daily feed of news from the Firearms Industry, including gun products and opinion or commentary pieces. Much of it scheduled to run days if not weeks in advance of this tragedy, but some of it in direct response to the CT. mass murder.
Responses among Twitter users to the back and forth seemed pretty evenly, for and against, AmmoLand shutting down normal business in favor of some grieving period or out of respect for the families of victims.
Regardless, we have continued business as usual because we know we have nothing in common, nothing to do with and in no way endorse the acts of a psychotic killer. The use of tools, called guns, by a mentally deranged person is not our industries fault, no more than if he had used a baseball bat. Would you expect Major League Baseball to shut down, send all their coaches, players and announcers home if such an event had occurred? What if he had used a car, would the auto industry be expected to close all their factories, close all auto dealers, send home all their car loan officers? The logical answer seems it would be NO, so why should we be treated differently?
Suppose we bought into that misplaced belief and did shut down, how long would that then need to be? Two days, a week, a month, the families effected will be grieving for the rest of their lives.
In my mind it would be like some twisted admission of guilt or culpability that what we do in our industry is some how dirty or evil. When it is completely the opposite, we are the gate keepers of the tools that protect freedom, and just like any tool, be it a hammer or a chainsaw, it could be used to hurt or kill others by someone intent on evil. It is our job to keep a steady rudder into the wind as we whether these horrible, awful attacks on our fellow friends and neighbors.
I say sorry to the haters that feel otherwise, but for us we will be open and publishing the same news and articles that people need to see, now more than ever, as you know those opposed to freedom will be working hard to tear our god given rights from us on the backs of this tragedy.
God bless and hold close all those who were effected by this sick evil killer, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Fredy Riehl Editor – AmmoLand Shooting Sports News firstname.lastname@example.org www.Ammoland.com