Well, Jerry Tsai has resigned from RECOIL Magazine over the HK MP7A1 “sporting purpose” dustup.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this.
On the one hand, my impression is that both the folks who run RECOIL and Tsai himself learned a hard lesson about what the Second Amendment means… and the fact that the phrase “sporting purpose” is nowhere to be found therein. I think they get it now, and I’d be surprised to see another such gaffe. They’re like the shooter who has his first AD… now that he sees what can happen, he redoubles his efforts when it comes to safety.
But on the other hand, I’m very happy to see the shooting community and the firearms industry speak so loudly in one voice. The instant firestorm that struck RECOIL over this was well deserved. It needs to be clear that people, companies, and organizations that think my right to own a firearm ends at the IPSC match, skeet field, or hunting preserve do not belong in my community.
However, I am still waiting to hear what happens to Joe Galloway, the guy who flat out lied to RECOIL’s readers when he tried to blame it all on Heckler & Koch. If he isn’t fired, then the one person who in my opinion clearly acted out of bad motives to cover up Tsai’s error is still there and I, personally, won’t have anything to do with RECOIL. There are already more than enough people who lie about gun companies and shooters… we don’t need to reward them with jobs in our industry.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG