RECOIL magazine angered the gun rights community with an article on the Heckler & Koch MP7A1. Writer/editor Jerry Tsai wrote “the MP7A1 is unavailable to civilians and for good reason. We all know that’s technology no civvies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of.” Tsai attempted to muffle the howls of righteous indignation via social media, posting an “explanation” on the Internet. That didn’t go well. [Click here to read Tsai's first go and TTAG writer and gun guru Rob Pincus' response.] Minutes ago, the editor of RECOIL magazine published a formal apology for the article on RECOIL’s Facebook page. Make the jump for the new text in full…
I’d like to address the comments regarding what I wrote in the MP7A1 article in RECOIL issue 4. First and foremost, I’d like to apologize for any offense that I have caused with the article. With the benefit of hindsight, I now understand the outrage, and I am greatly saddened that it was initiated by my words. Especially since, I am an unwavering supporter of 2nd Amendment Rights. I’ve chosen to spend a significant part of both my personnel and professional life immersed in this enthusiasm, so to have my support of individuals’ rights called into doubt is extremely unfortunate. With that said, I retract what I wrote in the offending paragraph within this article. It should have had been presented with more clarity.
In the article, I stated some information that was passed on to me about why the gun is not available for civilian purchase. By no means did I intend to imply that civilians are not responsible, nor do we lack the judgment to own such weapons, if I believed anything approaching this, clearly I would lead a much different life. I also mentioned in the article that the gun had no sporting purpose. This again, was information passed on to me and reported in the article without the necessary additional context. I believe everything published in RECOIL up to this point (other than this story), demonstrates we clearly understand and completely agree that guns do not need to have a sporting purpose in order for them to be rightfully available to civilians. In retrospect, I should have presented this information in a clearer manner. Although I can understand the manufacturer’s stance on the subject, it doesn’t mean that I agree with it.
Again, I acknowledge the mistakes I made and for them I am truly sorry.
I’m forgiving kind of guy. I believe that people deserve a second chance, and possibly even a third or fourth if they realize the error of their ways and have found their way back onto the straight and narrow. So personally, I’m tempted to take his apology at face value and keep moving. Some of the Facebook comments on his apology, however, don’t seem to share my sentiments.
To late we know how you really feel. What’s done is done. I will never buy a RECOIL magazine.
You’re an editor. It’s your job to ensure that the articles in your publication have the “necessary additional context”. Do you not research your articles, or do they all depend on “information that was passed on to me”? I guess that the threat of losing readers and advertising dollars brought you around, huh? Too bad that we’ve all seen your true colors and what a piss poor editor you actually are.
Tyler (not ours) said:
We are in the fight of our lives to keep what is left of our Second Amendment rights. As the editor of a gun magazine that relys so heavily on military style weapons you should know better than to regurgitate the catch phrases the anti gun crowd constantly spouts. I do question your commitment to the second amendment based on nothing else than what you said, in print and your poor attempt to make us civvies better understand your statements. Your statements will likely forever be used against us by the likes of Brady, Bloomberg, Rebeca Peters and the rest. Trust is hard earned and easily lost, I hope for the best for you and your magazine, we can live without purchasing it but I don’t think your magazine will live without us.
Like I said, I’m all for chalking this one up to a new publication having some shaky first steps. Heck, even TTAG had (and still has) some teething issues. No one is perfect, and everyone deserves the opportunity to recover from a stumble. Plus, competition in the firearms media is always a good thing and not only keeps us on our toes but brings out the best stuff for you, the readers.
But at the same time, as we now know that the magazine might be funded by a Democratic party supporter and activist, we’ll be keeping an eye on RECOIL.