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Press release:

GRINNELL, Iowa (April 21, 2017) – Brownells proudly supports American patriots who wear uniforms of all types – sometimes even those who wear a package delivery uniform.

When footage of Matt Uhrin, an Iowa City-area package delivery man, appeared on national media showing him bravely saving an American flag from being burned by a group of protestors, Brownells knew they had to thank their fellow Iowan.

An NRA member and U.S. Army combat veteran, Mr. Uhrin, also known as the “FedEx Guy” will attend several events with the Brownells team at the upcoming 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, GA.

These events include the open-to-the-public Brownells Social Media Meetup taking place in the Omni Hotel South Tower Lobby on Friday, April 28, at 6:30 PM. In addition to Mr. Uhrin’s presence, Brownells will host Eric & Chad from IraqVet8888, Mr. Guns ‘N Gear, LeaSpeed6, Janna Reeves, RapidFire Rachel and other industry social media personalities.

Mr. Uhrin will also be honored during a special presentation in the Brownells booth (#1713) at 1:45 PM (EDT) on Saturday, April 29.

“I am extremely excited and honored to be given this opportunity to go to 146th NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits with the great people from Brownells,” said Uhrin. “It is extremely humbling to be given an opportunity like this.”

“It’s a privilege to honor Matt at this year’s NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits,” added Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells. “This annual gathering is not only a celebration of our Second Amendment and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, it’s also a place to acknowledge real people who do the right thing. I can’t think of a better place to thank Matt for his service to our country and the heroism he displayed while protecting our Nation’s flag and all it stands for.”

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  1. At one point in the video, the clown in the cowboy hat yells at the FedEx man about privilege. So ironic those types accuse others of privilege when they have the privilege to live in a country that doesn’t immediately arrest and imprison them for burning a flag. Where they have the privilege to not be required to serve in the military or fight. Want to fight fascism at home? Why not real fascism in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe and SA pusssy? Right, because that would mean actual fighting against governments that do not fvck around. It would mean having the courage of your convictions. A real privilege would be meeting FedEx man.

    I hope FedEx doesn’t discipline this man. There is sure to be an outcry.

    • Never quite understood this; just let people burn their flags or whatever property they have if they want to. Tolerating stuff like that is the best way to celebrate freedom and what people think America is about. Seems hypocritical to try to defend a symbol of freedom by restricting expression.

      • I agree to a point. If they buy the flags with their own money and take them to private property to burn them I have no trouble with it.

        If they’re taking flags and burning them in public spaces or property they have no permission to do so then turn the hoses loose on them and charge them with arson.

      • I never said they shouldn’t be allowed to. On the contrary they definitely should, because of freedom of speech/expression. What I was expressing was my personal view on why I disagree with what they were doing. As ignorant as people are, they still know that it is an inflammatory statement, so they should be prepared for others to react to it with hostility.

        Just like I see no purpose or sense in using a certain racial slur, but fully support others right to say it; but when they do, I think they should fully expect hostility from the members of that group and a possible ass-kicking as a result.

    • When I heard one of the “protesters” shout ” you wanna let the illuminati control the world??!!” . That’s it. Any legitimate point you might have had is gone. If one of them put their hands on me I’m drawing. Fvck antifa. Love this guy, he’s obviously a patriot. That is all.

        • Devil’s Advocate: Why should we fear to go anywhere because someone doesn’t like us?

          If its a public space, its a public space – that includes you and me as members of the public.\
          While there is risk involved, there is nothing immoral or even irresponsible about attending one of these “protests”, no justification required. Its a free country, I go where I want.

          I can’t stand letting these pukes just take whatever ground they want without pushback. If you do some asinine sh*t like that in public, you can expect your community to have some things to say about it.

  2. “At one point in the video, the clown in the cowboy hat yells at the FedEx man about privilege.”

    A worse one is the accusation of “Cultural Appropriation”. There’s a recent movement to demand non- people of color to not wear hoop earrings.

    Let’s demand equal treatment in that department. The majority of modern medicine is OFWG tech.

    “I hope FedEx doesn’t discipline this man. There is sure to be an outcry.”

    He’s good:

    “We have reviewed the matter in Iowa City involving driver Matt Uhrin. He remains a FedEx employee & we have no plans to change his status.”

    It would be nice if he gets a nice 1911 out of his appearance…


    “Freedom purchased and duly paid for, however, is Liberty [5], and Liberty is a dearer quantity more easily clung to. Freedom is often felt as due, and there is always the human yearning for Freedom. Liberty, that is excercised, however, is the sum of Freedom as paid for, and the possessing individual is known due, (knowing that they are due and owed). The result is the purity in pressure to obtain what is due.” (J.M. Thomas, R., TERMS, 2012, Pg. 105-106)

    Freedom of Speech = Freedom to be stupid, ONCE.

    Desecration of The Flag (U.S., as well as others) is an Act of War, and should be treated as such.

  4. I live a few miles south of Iowa City. Those people burning the flag are the same that think it’s perfectly natural to dump their trash in the surrounding farming communities, because “county workers clean that up, right?” They possess an absolute disconnect from reality, one that cannot be remedied with debate. It can’t be remedied with violence, either. The answer only lies in love and patience, in large quantities.

    • “It can’t be remedied with violence, either.”

      H’mm. Really?

      PwrSerge may disagree with you on that assessment.

      Got a helicopter he can borrow for an afternoon?

      *snicker* 🙂

    • While I try to be loving and patient, that is not my instinctive response when I see someone desecrating the U.S. Flag.

      Violence may not remedy their attitude, but it might remedy their behavior.

      • If stating ideas that you dislike is “behavior to be remedied with violence”, then you simply don’t belong in a free society.

        It’s bizarre how everyone forgets the Voltairean concept of defending freedom of speech the moment the speech is about something one finds repulsive.

        • Calling Donald Trump a poopiehead is free speech. I’ll gladly defend free speech, even speech that I find repulsive.

          Desecrating the U.S. Flag is not free speech. It’s an act of hatred. An act of utter contempt for the very nation that protects that right in the first place. Furthermore, burning a flag in a public place is an act of air pollution. It shows an absolute disregard for human health and safety, and should be dealt with accordingly.

        • I’ll choose to ignore these clowns. Burning a flag in some urban downtown area is fine by me. I don’t like it but we have that freedom. These people can’t be reasoned with.

        • This is what I’m talking about. So many people are willing to take away freedom because they find an act distasteful. Let the KKK march, let people burn flags; it’s what the constitution protects. Conversely, when those people want to commit acts of violence because other people have different beliefs, THEN it’s time to whoop they ass…

    • Thank you Shawn, well said Sir…IMHO Love is the most powerful force on earth (and above it and beneath it), God is Love… It’s far more than mere emotion.

      It would take a lot of Love and subsequent patience to overcome the level of hate leveled at something so dear to so many Americans. Especially those that took the oath to defend it with everything we have as well as the families (and friends) that lost loved ones defending it…

      That said I found myself wishing Matt has swung that extinguisher a little harder… Can we call that tough love? 🙂

    • If you want to love the guy in the cowboy hat, go right ahead. Kinda village people, but whatever gets you thru the night. 🙂

  5. Just so every one knows Fed Ex did not discipline Mr. Uhrin. In fact he is considered a Hero here in Iowa.

  6. Texas v. Johnson was the case that ruled that burning the American flag is constitutionally protected. The decision was 5-4, but there were four different opinions. Part of the grounding of one of the opinions in favor of protecting flag burning was that burning the flag did not cause a violent reaction. If speech causes violence, then the state can prohibit that speech.

    If every time someone burns a flag, someone else beats the ever-living shit out of the flag burner, then it would create a strong argument that banning flag burning passes constitutional muster.

    The fact that Mr. Uhrin is considered a hero in Iowa may do the same.

    • Sounds suspiciously like the line of logic violent Muslims have towards Koran-burners (or “desecrators”). If every time someone destroys or “desecrates” a Koran that act is then repaid with violence, should the government have the authority to ban Koran-burning?

      I think not.

  7. China makes the best American flags. They give off toxic fumes when you burn them which reminds you freedom doesn’t give up without a fight.

  8. I have to wonder: Does “flag-saving” also apply to state flags too, or is it just the federal one that gets people all lawless? If I download the flags of New Jersey, Hawaii, and New York, secure-delete one of them immediately, print out another and put it in the paper-shredder, and print out the third and use it at at the local gun range as a target, would the keyboard-commandos here consider that justification for violence upon me?

    • Per the U.S. flag code, the proper way to dispose of a flag is to burn it. It’s not the burning per se that is a problem.

      Whatever you want to do in private is fine by me. Please respect the environment. We all breath the same air. Don’t forget to clean up after yourself.

  9. If the past really is prologue, then today’s flag burners are tomorrow’s Senators and Secretaries of State.

    I weep for my country.

    • Having a buffoon with a cabinet full of Russian traitors in the White House doesn’t make you weep though?

  10. Social discourse is a breath of life.
    A true meaning for being human.
    I am proud of TPOTG to this point (9:12pm) in what I have read.

    Drawn to a logical conclusion, the freedom to burn the flag is THE reason not to burn the flag.
    It’s about the freedom stupid¡! … Du’h!

    Sad that the burners don’t get that.

    I wonder what their parents think?
    (Age makes no difference. Family bonds all.)

    Carry on my brothers and sisters….

  11. Who cares? Burning the flag is free speech, so when people throw a shit fit over it, it makes no sense.

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