As we reported this morning, Andy Raymond, CEO of Engagement Armament LLC, changed his mind about selling the Armatix iP1 “smart gun” after receiving death threats. Last night, he posted the following open letter on his Facebook page. Click here to see his video message. Note: drinking and making PR statements is not a great combination. [h/t CL]
Its me Andy. Ive been drinking so bear with me. I didn’t do this for any money. Ive never been compensated by Armatix. I havent even cashed any of my draws in 3 months so this business can survive. Not your problem though. I didnt do this for the money. Anyone who says so can go fuck themselves. I haven’t any money. I live in some shit condo in Silver Spring . . .
You call me and email me and threaten my life? You come at me, my girlfriend, or my god damned DOG I will put one in your dome. I promise you.
Maybe I got mislead about this. Its still my responsibility. Maybe I was fed some not-so-true info. It was still my responsibility. I stood, I tried to stand on the ideal that we could get some fence sitters and anti gunners into our fold. Maybe Im either too young or too old to realize thats not sturdy enough.
I never sold the gun. I dont stock the fucking gun. Ive never even been paid by Armatix.
If it saves my business partner Carlos or my employees their job I will quit. It wasnt their decision. It was mine to agree to the interviews. They shouldnt pay for something I did. Thats that.
You want my head come and take it. Dont dare hurt anyone associated with me or my dog. I will take everything you took for me in kind. That I promise you.