Jim Bequette, the editor in chief of Guns & Ammo, issued an abject apology Thursday for the magazine’s recent editorial advocating gun regulation, saying he would resign immediately from his post atop the firearms magazine.
I just honestly sort of despise all gun owners at this point. They wouldn’t be so dangerous if they weren’t so childish. They wouldn’t be so childish if their issue weren’t so dangerous. It’s no win. Fuck em all.
Interesting thing about this episode, too, is that it’s unclear whether the anger directed at Bequette was legitimate outrage from readers of his column or outrage that was multiplied by that toxic mixture of social media and short attention spans.
The article isn’t even online, but one website has scanned it [pdf]. If you actually read the thing, rather than an inflammatory blog post about it, you’ll learn that Bequette isn’t calling for gun regulations, as us anti-gun people think of them, but rather for licensing requirements for gun ownership. He compares it to getting a driver’s license, while conceding to his readers that, no, driving a car is not protected by the Constitution. He concludes with this: “I don’t think that requiring 16 hours of training to qualify for a concealed carry license is infringement in and of itself. But that’s just me…”
So, his practical proposal isn’t at all threatening to gun ownership and concealed carry nuts in any way, shape, or form. It will just cost them 16 hours of their lives. But the semantic argument that brings him to this point made for better headlines, suggesting he wants regulation as you and I might understand it (no assault weapons, say, or no extended clips — whatever).
As Bequette points out at the top top of the column, the 2nd Amendment is logically vexing. On the one hand, the militia should be “well-regulated;” on the other, the right to bear arms “shall not be infringed.” (I suspect, quite reasonably, that this is a slightly different usage of “regulate” than our modern governmental usage, but here I apparently agree with a Breitbart blogger, which is upsetting.*). Baquette argues that gun owners are too dogmatic about this point, to their own detriment.
Turns out he was right.
But still, I doubt half the people who have called for his head even know what point he was even arguing. It’s a strange world where I can feel sympathy for the EIC of a gun magazine, but here we are.
*I don’t give a shit about the 2nd Amendment, for the record. I just think Bequette is tying himself in knots on this point.
This is a good one—John Hodgman, everyone’s favorite deranged millionaire, graced our podcast with his presence!
He’s reading spooky stories and haunting tales from the Death issue—we promise the one about premature burial will chill your bones (in the best possible way).
Haven’t listened, but there is no way this isn’t great.