Guinness World Records is speaking out about why it refused to acknowledge a 1,000-man shooting event sponsored by Henry Repeating Arms and the National Rifle Association that took place earlier this month in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Guinness World Records does not monitor mass participation records that, each time the record is broken, increase the danger posed to the general public or environment,” said the famed record-keeping organization in a statement.
“As the activity proposed by the NRA is not one we feel can be safely monitored on a global basis, we unfortunately are unable to recognize it as a record,” it concluded.
Called the “1,000 Man Shoot,” the event was put together in an effort to raise money to protect and defend the Second Amendment.
Held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, one thousand shooters, hundreds of range officers and onlookers gathered to watch the participants fire two shots from a special edition .22-caliber Henry Golden Boy Silver rifle all at the same time.
The event went off without a hitch. The shooters fired their first shot simultaneously, waited two minutes and then fired their last should simultaneously.
The NRA had requested that a representative from Guinness attend the event to document the new world record. However, Guinness refused and did not initially explain why they weren’t attending.
The NRA-ILA stated in an article last week, “The reason for Guinness’ refusal is not clear, as a search of the organization’s records database shows that they recognize a host of firearms-related records.”
This Monday, Guinness released the aforementioned statement, pointing to “safety” as its primary reason. Since Guinness World Records does monitor other various gun-related records, including, “Trap shooting – fastest 25 targets (American Trap)” and “Most clay shooting targets broken in 12 hours (team)” and “Smallest gun, pistol” among many, many others it does appear that Guinness is being forthright about its reason for not attending the event.
In other words, it’s reason for “snubbing” the NRA’s 1,000 Man Shoot wasn’t driven by politics or an anti-gun agenda but a regard for safety as, according to them, it’s not possible to pull off a similar event in other countries with the same degree of care and attention. I’m not sure I totally buy it, but at the same time, it’s hard to prove Guinness is prevaricating because it has honored and documented other gun-related records in the past.
Oh well. Hopefully, the NRA and Henry made a lot of money at the event. And if anything, this controversial “snub” by Guinness is only helping to raise the profile of the event and possibly more money for the cause of protecting and defending the 2A.