I listen to the podcast of this famous gun personality I’ll call Mr. Radio Show more or less every week. Lately he has been a bit miffed about the NRA and the old “NRA endorsing Harry Reid” and some other stuff that I think it makes him a bit contradictory. So far I heard him pontificate about how the Second Amendment is not a Liberal v Conservative or Republican V. Democrat thing but then go on a rant that no vote should go to the Democrats on this election or that he understands that the NRA is a single issue organization but then complain a bit about the NRA not keeping an eye on other stuff.
The last show was specially dumbfounding. The first part of the show was all dedicated to Gun Safety, the Four Rules and how they must be respected at all times. Then there was the issue about the CNBC report on the Remington 700 accidentally discharging with the safety engaged while clambering a round. On one hand, Mr. Radio Show said he doesn’t know much about it yet he invited Remington to appear in the show which they declined (and by the dismissive tone of voice he was a tad upset about it) and then, to my amazement, he confesses that he’s been shooting the 700 for some 40 years. I don’t hunt, I am not in the “Biz” as he is and I have heard about this issue, yet somehow this CNBC report that has been beating the interwebs for over a week somewhat escapade him alongside the alleged defect itself.
The cherry on top was a caller who confirmed the problem. It had happened to him THREE TIMES but Mr. Radio Show did not even bat a radio eye. OK folks, I can buy having the AD the first time because you are not expecting it, but if it happens a second time, I am boxing that sucker and sending it straight to Remington with a rather impolite note. But our caller had a third one and Mr. Radio Show, who had spent some time on GUN SAFETY earlier, did not even had a comment about the sheer idiocy of screwing with a defective rifle three times. And he is not shy about dressing down somebody in the air as he has done that before and very politely. Why he missed the opportunity of such a teaching moment baffles me.
Mr. Radio Show should go back to basics and leave the politics and the ego aside a bit. Maybe things will go back to normal after next Tuesday.