Posted: 5:02 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
By Rick Couri
It would seem like a no-brainer that a magazine called Guns and Ammo would have a staff out to protect gun owner rights.
It turns out not all things are as they seem.
On Wednesday G&A editor Jim Bequette stepped down right after he fired editor/columnist Dick Metcalf over an article Metcalf had written.
That particular column called for some measure of gun control and it didn’t set well with subscribers or other staff.
“The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated," Metcalf reasoned in the piece. He then wrote that he had heard from many who said “the government doesn’t have the eight to tell me whether I’m qualified to carry a gun.”
Metcalf then compared gun ownership to driving a car asking if “just anybody should be able to buy a vehicle and take it out on public roadways without any kind of drivers training, test, or license”
Before the magazine ever hit stores the column was already being ripped by gun owners and personal rights advocates.
Bequette was quick to respond saying "I made a mistake by publishing the column. I thought it would generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights. I miscalculated, pure and simple."
The Washington Times points out Metcalf isn’t alone in the unemployment line. Two other writers have been let go since 2007 for columns with similar opinions.