I think it’s kind of strange that former Top Shot competitor thinks it’s news that he’s gay. A) Who? B) Duh. C) Who cares? What difference does it make to anyone that a high level shooter is a homosexual? Chris’ blog makes a big deal of it, in that “professional athletes talk about themselves in the third person” kinda way. “I believe now that I have become a television personality and public figure, it is important to be honest and upfront about who Chris Cheng is.” More than that . . .
One reason why I chose to come out publicly is that I’m a gay guy in a gun world. Hunters, sport shooting enthusiasts, and collectors are too often stereotyped as part of efforts to politicize guns as we witnessed last week on the anniversary of the horrific Newtown tragedy. Take it from someone who in a single package is not only gay, but Chinese, Japanese, California-born, a college graduate, a tech geek who worked on cool Google projects, a gun enthusiast and a passionate 2nd Amendment advocate. Our community is as diverse as anyone’s.
And this is a surprise to whom? Oh right, gun control advocates and their cartoonist compatriots who like to paint gun owners as white, southern, racist, misogynistic, idiots. Then again, I’m thinking it’s not a surprise so much as a disappointment. And would you look at this! The NRA and NSSF are OK with Chris’ sexual orientation!
A special thanks to the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, who are supportive of my decision as they recognize the diverse perspective I bring to the conversation about the safe and responsible use of firearms.
Awesome. The more we can show that the gun rights community is welcoming to all colors, creeds, religions, political perspective and sexual orientations, the better.
Now, would it be cynical of me to think that Mr. Cheng’s journey out of the closet has something to do with the fact that he’s “currently working with a producer developing a cool new idea for a unique reality TV program featuring the diversity of the gun community”? Yes I suppose it would.