You’ve probably forgotten that there was a characteristic bit of cybersturm und drang last fall when Vuurwappen Blog smelled a vegan rat and sent a bottle of FireClean to, well, someone for analysis. Three labs, actually. Their conclusion: FireClean is, for all intents and purposes, garden variety vegetable oil. Not that there’s anything wrong with that if it, you know, works. Nicky wrote about the kerfuffle here. As usually happens in these situations, both sides got their backs up and flung a little poo at each other for a while, then the whole thing died down. The mega-minds at FireClean, however, are apparently woefully unfamiliar with the Streisand Effect . . .
The company has now filed a lawsuit against Vuurwapen proprietor Andrew Tuohy and Everett Baker, the chem major who did some of the analytical work. They’re pissed off that Tuohy said FireClean was really Crisco. For his part, Tuohy says he never claimed it was rebadged Crisco. There’s more claimed in the suit, but we’ll leave all that to
vultures lawyers to sort out.
In any case it apparently never occurred to the FireClean brain trust that the suit and attendant hoopla would only dredge the controversy up again for the gun-buying public, further hurting their reputation – whatever the composition of their gun grease may be.
Tuohy and Baker have put up a GoFundMe page to raise some dinero with which to mount a legal defense. If you value the ability of bloggers to write honestly about the gun business, you may want to consider helping them out.