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Last week, TTAG writer Logan Metesh was interviewed by Cheryl and Dan Todd of Gun Freedom Radio. The focus of the interview was about the importance of firearms on display in museums. Because they’re a “hot button” item, firearms are guaranteed to trigger (no pun intended) an emotional response from visitors. That response leads (hopefully) to dialogue and engagement about firearms and how they’ve impacted our history.

That dialogue is important, and as far as the museum itself is concerned, it doesn’t matter if it is positive or negative. Just the fact that the conversation is happening is what is important. Remember: it is not the role of the museum to push an agenda (or at least it shouldn’t be), and that is why any form of conversation among visitors around guns is good. And if the conversation takes place in the museum’s galleries, perhaps other visitors will overhear and join in.

Show hosts Cheryl & Dan Todd

Check out Logan’s interview, starting at the 31:18 mark in the hour one segment of episode 120 on Gun Freedom Radio by clicking here. The segment aired on July 28, 2018, but is available online in perpetuity.

Logan Metesh is a firearms historian and consultant who runs High Caliber History LLC. Click here for a free 3-page download with tips about caring for your antique and collectible firearms.

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  1. “Remember: it is not the role of the museum to push an agenda (or at least it shouldn’t be),…”

    Oh, yeah.

    The Smithsonian Institution’s ‘National Air and Space Museum’ found that out the hard way with a simple museum exhibit of a historically significant artifact – The ‘Enola Gay’, the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic weapon in anger :


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