A long-time columnist at a major publication is fired for exercising his First Amendment right to talk about the Second Amendment. Tea Men, to the outrage cave! Oh, wait:
Mr. Metcalf began his journalism career with a column in Shooting Times, a more technical gun publication, explaining the patchwork of gun laws across America to readers, while teaching at Cornell. Since then, he said, he has written for dozens of gun magazines within the group now owned by InterMedia, culminating with the back-page column in Guns & Ammo.
In the column that led to his dismissal, he said that too many gun owners believed that the constitution prohibits any regulation of firearms. He noted that all rights are regulated, like freedom of speech. “You cannot falsely and deliberately shout, ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater,” he wrote.
“The question is, when does regulation become infringement?” he continued. Mr. Metcalf ended the column arguing that requiring 16 hours of training to qualify for a concealed carry license was not an infringement.
Remember: hating gays and blahs is constitutionally protected speech under the landmark A&E vs Duck Dynasty Supreme Court decision, which held that the First Amendment has strict application to all reality shows about ignorant rednecks with a Q score above 10. But, as legal scholars will recall, Metcalf’s writing falls under Scalia’s carefully crafted exception (known now as “the Bushmaster clause”) for criticism of the Second Amendment.