By Andrea Morisette Grazzini
Updated: June 12, 2016
Related: Leave No Child Dead
So be it. The gun sellers will live. More important, so will Metcalf. That’s good news for all of us. He’s the kind of manly-man we need far more of to bring informed fire power to the gun control battle.
I know the type. My father was long time president of Ducks Unlimited in my state. A one-time Navy man, he admires soldiers and all who carry their guns with true knowledge and respect for what they can do. Like the Army officer I dated a few years ago, a munitions expert. And the undercover cop my Dad went to school with who turned in his badge after suffering a nervous breakdown due to the devastation he witnessed. And in a lighter moment once handcuffed my little brother to a chair to show him what it’d be like if he acted out when he grew up. This baby brother of mine is now a state leader with Safari International who has a shooting range in his home. My son hunts with he and his son.
I’ve known ‘gunners’ and hunters all my life. Loved and admired many.
They and the groupies who send sadistic diatribes to gun control advocates, talking rape for women leaders, threatening grieving parents, intimidating moms at coffee shops and, as Donald Trump did, using Sunday’s hate crime and largest mass shooting to support his unhinged-hate platform. They are not real deal men. They’re just well-armed thugs. Apparently with little to do with their time other than try to prove their dubious power through bully-boy bravado.
Sorry if I’m bursting any bubbles here, but even if you’re feeling angry with me hang in there and hear me out.
Consider this: A pimp illicitly sells something (women, sex) that others generally respect and value. Here’s the troubling, if forgotten, reality: pimps have no respect or value for what they sell. No matter how much others see and appreciate the freedoms and human connections represented by their ‘product.’ He’ll gladly threaten and destroy others–including his own–in pursuit of more money. His homeboys will have his back because they in their way are pimps or prostitutes, too.
Guns, women, boys, customers? Just commodities to a pimp and his ilk. Means to be used for an unsavory end. Nothing more.
Now to connect some dots —
Many men love women. Most love sex. Precisely because they do, good men (and women) would never undermine that love of sex and experience of women by pimping them out, or promoting them for the sake of gaining power or money while demeaning their value. They’d never tarnish their beloved with such blatant disrespect for their lives, their very essence, and their deeper reasons for being.
NRA, Guns & Ammo, Trump and their cronies would though. They don’t love guns and freedom anymore than pimps love women.
People who love freedom don’t threaten others’ freedoms in pursuit of their own. People who love people don’t use them for personal gain. But pimps do.
What pimps love is money and power. That’s it. Without getting into the aberrant psychology that percolates in the cold souls of sellers of human flesh (and, it seems increasingly clear: people who sell weapons of mass destruction to common-day people), what is bloody clear is the following:
As long as others don’t step out of line, the pimp will give them a little of what they seek, too. But the women or children under his control want little more than survival.
Not unlike a few small gun shops who want to stay afloat. Though it’s not easy amidst off the chart gun deaths, and the ever more tense debates surrounding them.
The johns? Those who still seek to buy troublingly co-opted commodities, including guns, despite such corrupted scenarios? They’re more complicated.
They’re looking for the thrill. The danger heightens their attraction. The manly rush of shooting their load. The vicarious, if sometimes less pathological pursuit of the temporary power their purchase implies. The freedom to buy something not quite safe, to satiate some base need for power. Or maybe control. Even if its only enough to kill a squirrel.
If a john or prostitute isn’t careful and the pimp becomes suspicious, they’ll be discarded without remorse — most likely brutally. If they’ve somehow risked his business goals — even if they weren’t trying to, even if he previously approved of whatever they did — the pimp will take swift action. Maybe he has to face an even scarier boss. Whatever the case, it’s not pretty.
This is how Metcalf, with the full approval of Guns & Ammo, threatened the publication’s business goals. To be clear: Guns & Ammo edited and published the piece that put a ‘pariah target’ on Metcalf. They knew what he wrote. This was not a case of Metcalf being careless. Guns & Ammo is likely answering to a hard-to-account for, but sociopathic boss: international gun manufacturers.
And yes, among them are illicit racketeers and traffickers of not only guns but drugs and people, too: women, girls, boys. And, yes, among them are shady characters holding guns to business and leaders pocketbooks, if not heads; and shady politicians gleefully capitalizing on lives lost to the deadly mix of guns and hate.
Metcalf knew all this, but chose to be a manly man. Unlike those who are afraid of, in bed with, or beholden to the gun lords. Metcalf — and for a moment there even Guns & Ammo — had enough cajones not to be intimidated. Now, though, Metcalf stands alone. Guns & Ammo scurried away like Ad-revenue sluts and gun sellers’ cuckolds.
Which left him with a gig more important than that one pivotal column. Not just as another voice adding to the cacophony, but as an uncommonly well-positioned spokesman for gun sanity. Exactly the kind of courageous insider with enough credentials and chutzpah to lead a Calvary into the kind of inclusive gun control movement my father, brother and I — though we’ve had different approaches to gun control until now — can all get behind. For that I am grateful to Metcalf and all good gunners like him.
This is the right fight he’s gotten himself in. One all good people need to join. Those of us who agree pimps and thugs (and bigoted politicians) are not who we want representing what we care about. People like us who don’t believe hate needs any more ways to take the lives of our loved ones. We need to get behind real and effective gun control and invite good gunners, too, as well. As long as they don’t lose sight of what we all care about. Which is people — all people — not guns.
The last thing we care to do is continue lining the pockets of vicious international traffickers, knowing they’re pimping for our enemies — and yes, that includes the likes of ISIS, too.