There are bad apples in every bunch. The gun community, like every other community, has a few individuals who give us all a bad rap.
Below is a list of people that I want to completely disown as a gun owner, meaning that I don’t want to be associated with them when someone brings up the topic of gun ownership or the archetypal or even average gun owner.
Probably the biggest no brainer on my list if the allegations against Hayden are true. In case you’re not familiar with the charges against him, the gunsmith, owner of Red Jacket Firearms, former Marine and reality star of Discovery’s reality TV show “Sons of Guns” was arrested for child rape. Yikes!
While Hayden deserves to have his day in court, the evidence against him does not look good for his defense.
One of Hayden’s accuser’s is his own daughter, who was as young as 12 years old when the abuse allegedly started. Another victim claims that Hayden raped her back in 1991. Additionally, his eldest daughter Stephanie Hayden who starred with him on the television show recounted a time that he acted in appropriately with her as well. Plus, none of the guys that he worked with at the shop came to his defense.
Hayden is due in court in July. Barring some unforeseen piece of evidence that solidifies Hayden’s “I’m innocent” plea, I’m done with Will Hayden.
I never really liked ‘double-barrel’ Joe Biden. There is something phony about him that I can’t place my finger on (maybe it’s the hair?). He is a career politician, so I guess on that account I can justify my disdain.
As it relates to firearms, Biden gave one of the worst pieces of advice to the public on the subject of home defense during a Facebook “chat” back in Feb. of 2013. He was sharing with the audience what he tells his wife to do if there is a problem outside their residence.
“I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,'” Biden said.
“You don’t need an AR-15—it’s harder to aim,” he added later, “it’s harder to use, and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!”
Okay, “Buy a shotgun” is solid advice, but telling someone to randomly shoot into the air is not only stupid (as you’re emptying the gun and leaving yourself vulnerable), dangerous (who knows where the projectile will land) and possibly illegal (certain states, municipalities have laws prohibiting the firing of guns without a clear and present threat).
So, Joe, has got to go. I’d be happy to boot his ass out of the gun community.
Yeah, I love “Rocky” and “First Blood” and “Over the Top” and Sylvester Stallone’s entire cinematic sensibility (up throw the early 90s) but when it comes to the Second Amendment the guy is a complete turd. Moreover, Stallone epitomizes the hollywood hypocrite who profits off of gratuitous gun-related violence in movies yet maintains the position that good guys in real life should be disarmed.
“‘It’s ending, it’s over, all bets are off, it’s not 200 years ago, we don’t need [the Second Amendment] anymore, and the rest of the world doesn’t have it,’” Stallone told Access Hollywood in 1998. “Why should we?”
“Until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you’re gonna have,” added Stallone. “It’s pathetic. It really is pathetic. It’s sad. We’re living in the Dark Ages [in America].”
From Rambo’s perspective, the right to keep and bear arms is reserved for the privileged and well-connected — not for the ordinary citizen.
“I know people get [upset] and go, ‘They’re going to take away the assault weapon,’” Stallone said in early 2013, while pushing his latest movie at the time, Bullet to the Head. “Who…needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you’re carrying out an assault…You can’t hunt with it…Who’s going to attack your house, a fucking army?”
Zimmerman was justified in shooting unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Feb. of 2012. A jury of his peers came to that conclusion. And in my opinion, the jury made the right call.
But the fact that Zimmerman has demonstrated some odd behavior and has had several subsequent run-ins with the law leads me to believe that where there is smoke, there is fire.
Sure, with respect to the domestic violence arrests the charges were dropped in both instances (Nov. 2013 and Jan. 2015) but at what point to we start questioning this man’s judgement?
The way I see it is he’s either too obtuse to figure out that some of the people in his life are bad seeds and he needs to cut ties with them or he is a bad seed himself. Either way, I’m not backing Zimmerman anymore.
I’m I being to harsh on this one. Maybe. I know some within the gun community have opted to embrace him because of the way the media treated him prior to the trial and the subsequent “not-guilty” verdict. As you’ll recall, Zimmerman was unfairly ridiculed by various networks and newspapers, including NBC which notoriously defamed him.
But my point is that he’s doing nothing to help his cause. He’s only continued to stumble and make headlines. Maybe he’ll shape up in the future and turn things around. Until he proves himself to be a responsible and upstanding citizen once again, I’m not going to be a part of team Zimmerman.
On another note, there are thousands of Americans who defend themselves on a daily basis using firearms. I’d much rather give them their due than to keep using Zimmerman as the face of lawful self-defense.
Some of you may accuse me of being a divider, as someone who is trying to undermine the unity of the gun community. I get it, gun owners stick together. Since we share a common bond over the Second Amendment, we should have one another’s back. I don’t disagree with this mentality.
But sometimes I feel as though we need to police our own community and when appropriate call a spade a spade, a lunkhead a lunkhead. After all, we are in a battle to win hearts and minds. And if we don’t show the non-gun owning public that we are capable of calling out those who fail to live up to our core ethos (safe, responsible, intelligent, law-abiding), then we can’t complain when non-gun owners start to accept certain negative stereotypes. Whether we like it or not we are the company we keep. And I’m not afraid to say we need to make sure we’re keeping good company.