RECOIL Magazine Takes Blowback for Chris Cheng Cover Art

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A few days ago RECOIL Magazine posted three versions of a cover design for their next issue on their Instagram page. The idea was to let readers choose their favorite. All three were basically the same layout with varying color schemes. The featured image showed Top Shot champion and prominent Second Amendment advocate Chris Cheng holding a rifle and wearing a rainbow design American flag on his shirt.

Cheng, if you’re unaware, is openly gay. In fact, he announced that to the gun world in the pages of RECOIL back in 2013.

June, in case you hadn’t noticed, is also Pride Month. A friend at RECOIL tells us that the Cheng cover had been in the works for months and it was only a coincidence of the magazine’s editorial calendar that it was scheduled to run in June.

The problem is that publishing it in June makes RECOIL’s cover blend in and appear to be part of all of the other conspicuous corporate LGBTQ pandering that’s everywhere you look this month.

The real story here, though, is the reaction the cover provoked on Instagram. Commenters were, to say the least, decidedly negative, if not outright hostile to the rainbow flag image and the implied LGBTQ promotion.

As of this morning, there are over 4,000 comments under RECOIL’s Instagram post and until the magazine posted the following message two days ago, the large majority of the reactions were negative.

We couldn’t have written that last paragraph better ourselves. If you’ve read TTAG for any amount of time, you know that we, like RECOIL, believe that guns are for everyone. Broadening the base of gun owners in this country is not only good for promoting a healthy civil society, it also makes defending and extending gun rights and defeating efforts to disarm Americans far easier for all of us.

We’re Second Amendment absolutists and have always supported lawful gun ownership for everyone, whatever their personal proclivities may be. Gun control in this country is rooted in racism and discrimination. Promoting gun ownership to minorities of all kinds not only furthers the cause of gun rights, it also ensures people who count themselves among those groups can defend themselves and their families from those who would prey upon them.

More minorities and other “identity groups” are coming to that realization. That’s why we now have organizations like the National African American Gun Association, Pink Pistols, the Asian American Gun Owners of California, Armed Equality and many more.

The Pink Pistols’ motto is Armed Gays Don’t Get Bashed and after the Pulse Nightclub shooting, this meme became popular . . .

As we can attest, blog comment sections — and social media in particular — can, at times, devolve into venomous pits of electronic slime where the angry, the aggrieved, the unstable, and your basic basement-dwellers feel free to spew freely. They may be a minority of the general population, but they seem to be overrepresented in the online world, so take the blowback RECOIL got for what it’s worth.

By most official estimates, America has about 100 million gun owners. The real number is probably higher by a good fifty percent or more. Still, that doesn’t mean those of us who care about the right to keep and bear arms can afford to alienate or exclude anyone from exercising their Second Amendment rights and you won’t see any of that here. You certainly don’t have to agree with that stance, but if it upsets you, then neither TTAG — or RECOIL — is the place for you.

 

 

 

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    • Thank you for this post, Dan. I 100% agree. The 2A is for everyone and I’ve never seen a community that is so welcoming to people of different stripes and beliefs as long as they agree that the 2A needs to be defended. I’ve been to all sorts of conferences for all sorts of different industries and obviously, like everyone else, have attended social gatherings centered around different themes or causes or religions or other “identity groups.” As mentioned, I have NEVER been exposed to a community or group that is so supportive and welcoming to anyone as long as they share the same interest in defending and exercising the Second Amendment. I believe the comments on RECOIL’s post, while numerous, represent a minuscule fraction of the 2A community although, obviously, the corporate media and lefty politicians would have you believe otherwise. I also can see from many of the comments that people are just sick of having beliefs and forced compliance pushed on them and they’re lashing out at that, not at the message itself or at Chris, etc. I think that’s a cynical and incorrect interpretation of RECOIL’s intention, but I understand the impulse.

      All that said, the RECOIL cover is absolutely, unquestionably very good, smart, effective politics. The more we can publicly show that the gun community believes, as it does, that the 2A is for everyone the less the antis will be able to effectively castigate this community as nothing but old fat white bigoted rednecks. This message, which the antis have done a good job spreading, hurts the Second Amendment. It limits how many people are willing to publicly come out in support of the 2A if the pro-2A group is slandered in this way. The cover of RECOIL, which is visible in stores and airports around the country, with Chris and a rainbow flag, etc., is good politics. It’s good for the cause. It’s…dare I say it…fabulous 🙂

      • Absolutely! Just imagine how many gay gun owners are out there feeling like they have no place in the 2A community because unfortunately in 2021 there are still a lot of people shouting “sin” and “perverted lifestyle choice” and other bullshit which just alienates the people that would step up and HELP save the 2A. If anything, the anti-gay people need to be called out for holding the overall 2A rights movement back. Recoil Magazine is breaking through the homophobia and it’s too bad that some people are still more anti-gay than pro-2A. It all needs called out.

        • Except there isn’t any homophobia left in the U.S. No one is scared of the gays, or cares at all what anyone’s private life consists of. Just about EVERYONE is sick of identity politics being shoved down their throat and watching minorities get hijacked by politics in order to monetize their overblown victimhood.

        • Kubla,

          Without getting into the obvious issue of whether the commenters on this thread are a fair sample of the U.S. population in general, a simple scan of the comments here would pretty much put the lie to your first sentence. Yes, many are objecting to what they perceive as “imposing” the “gay agenda” on us, PLENTY of the comments flat out disparage gays for their actual sexual practices. So, guessing you might want to rethink that assertion/belief.

          And to the extent they “proselytize” for the “gay agenda”, that is THEIR right, under the 1A, just as RKBA is OUR right. I am perfectly capable of tuning out, and protecting my children from, such nonsense. The intellectual inconsistency of asserting, with respect to the AR-15, “it’s my RIGHT to own one”, then turning around and saying “I don’t care what kind of sex they are having in PRIVATE, but they can’t aggressively campaign for it” (which the 1A expressly protects), is STUNNINGLY hypocritical.

          I hear their noise, and I ignore it. Saves incalculable tsuris and brain sweat, compared to even letting it into your consciousness.

      • “The cover of RECOIL, which is visible in stores and airports around the country, with Chris and a rainbow flag, etc., is good politics. It’s good for the cause.”

        Except that it will be lost in a sea of goofy rainbows during this month. It might have actually been brave for them to do this at another time. Having it during June makes them followers, not leaders.

    • Agree. Modern people in the 2A understand the current reality and that while this looks very similar to the virtue signaling from the corporate left, this is needed because society is in a transition where gay people like Chris and scores of others are part of the 2A community and not owned by the left or associated with gun control and other left-wing causes. It has to be shown that gay does NOT = left wing. Perhaps a in a few years what Recoil Magazine did won’t even be needed. Most importantly, LGBT’s are individuals who share the same American freedom values and during these times, we need all of the America First, pro-Constitution people we can get.

    • I’m personally impressed with the dust up in here on this one. Hasn’t been a good dust up like this here for awhile.

  1. Being a “defender of liberty” does not equate with being a proponent of aberrant sinful behavior.

      • Let’s start with Drag Queen story time for impressionable children.

        Then we’ll move on to the trans industry that advcates mutilating the genitalia of pre-pubescent children.

        Then we’ll finish off with “Bake that cake, bigot or we’ll bankrupt you!”

    • Plus 1. If homosexuals and others want to arm up for defense great! Maybe one day they’ll understand that self-defense is a God-given right and that may lead them to investigate God’s teachings in the Bible. But I draw the line at promoting homosexual behavior and all the other deviant behaviors that the lgbtqxyz123 people are trying to promote. Homosexuality is bad for the individuals practicing it, it’s bad for families, it’s bad for communities, and it’s bad for America. And, it’s bad for the gun community to promote these lifestyles.

      • “ Homosexuality is bad for the individuals practicing it, it’s bad for families, it’s bad for communities, and it’s bad for America.” So……It’s totally cool for the “community” to be a wife beating child punching alcoholic as long as”God” approves of your sexual orientation? Some of the most “deviant” dangers to the “community” I’ve ever met in my life were/are Bible reading church going hypocrites that use it as a crutch to help themselves mentally condone or feel they’ve been forgiven by God for their overly deviant behavior.

      • I seem to remember something about, “Hate the sin; love the sinner”. If you claim to be free of sin, I think Jesus had a challenge for you – cast the first stone. I’m not, and I never claimed to be. I’ve made enough mistakes in my life that I try not to judge others, EXCEPT when they are trying to control or infringe my liberty. Pro 2A gays are natural political allies – they’ve experienced more prejudice historically than we have (but that gap is, unfortunately, closing quickly!), so they should have a good grounding in how important it is to recognize and protect our rights.

        • “Hate the sin; love the sinner”

          Excellent advice from a man who worshiped 33 major gods and goddesses, as well as hundreds of lesser deities.

        • Gee, Minor IQ, once again, with respect to my spiritual beliefs, you prove that your knowledge of that is as accurate and “in depth” as your knowledge of guns, history and the Constitution. Thanks for playing, I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul (such as it is).

      • “Gods teachings”? You mean a made up story, that’s probably the best con ever devised.

    • Punishing, shaming, or otherwise canceling people for a victimless “sin” is certainly not defending liberty. Whatever consenting adults want to do with each other in their private lives is none of our business. You can disagree with their message, but if you want to silence or criminalize them, you’re no better than the marxist trash that has been largely successful in owning the loyalty of the people you are shunning.

      The leftist oligarchs are actively stripping liberty from our country and if people like you keep pushing “sinners” away from our group, they’ll be welcomed by the commies. they will collectively use the system built by liberty to destroy us and everything we hold dear.

      • The most direct causal link to children growing up to become violent adults is the lack of fathers. In other words, broken or non-existent families. We see this played out in the news nearly every night.

        We are already seeing the statistical results of “redefining” marriage making it entirely meaningless. Massive violence and lawlessness that is certain to follow.

        If you think that is a good thing…

        • Gays won’t be fathering children, to leave or not. They’re not a threat to anything, why the bigotry?

        • The children of gay parents looting and burning cities is deplorable.

          We must stop the carnage.

        • Fatherlessness is far more driven by the welfare state and easy divorce laws and misandrist divorce laws than anything else. Gays really don’t have much at all to do with it.

          You either believe in liberty or you don’t. If you do then you have to let other people do what they want as long as they aren’t harming anyone else or anyone else’s property.

          “Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling.” John Wayne

        • “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility,” Wayne stated. The actor also spoke on Indians, who were often a part of his Western movies, “I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them…There were great numbers of people who needed new land and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”
          John Wayne

      • defender of liberty- VERY WELL SAID

        The bitter irony being dismally displayed here is the disturbing inability of so may to comprehend how impugning the wearer of a “rainbow” shirt is no different than assailing someone for wearing a “Jesus” shirt.

        • That’s where you are incorrect Peter Gunn. Jesus did not condone homosexuality. Therefore, your equality comparison between a “rainbow” shirt and a “Jesus” shirt is lacking in reasoning. As God, Jesus created the rainbow and the use of it by the homosexual community is a perversion of it’s meaning.

        • Peter, Texican made your point for you by not getting the point. Either Texican has an inability to see anything beyond his nose or is a closet case as they normally identify themselves by saying such off the wall statements.

        • Discerning that God created the homosexual community really makes their brains implode.

          Wait for it… in 3, 2, 1…

        • Texican,

          Nor did Jesus condemn homosexuality. Go back and check the only Gospels that (allegedly) contain the actual words of Jesus – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I’ve read them many times, and I never saw that. Jesus refused to condemn thieves, prostitutes, etc. (he didn’t have much truck with usurers or tax collectors, but that just proves he was the first libertarian). I imagine, if Jesus thought homosexuality was a sin, he thought that “hate the sin; love the sinner” was higher law. As do I.

        • “Jesus did not condone homosexuality.”

          I would be interested in knowing exactly what Jesus said about homosexuality.

        • I don’t know about homosexuality, but Jesus had plenty to say about adultery. Adultery is condoned because everyone commits it, at least with their eyes.

        • Again, Peter Gunn, God made humans. He didnt make the homosexual community. That’s their own doing. God gave directions to live a happy and fulfilled life and homsexuality isnt on His list.

        • “God made humans“

          That is quite a statement!

          Now that you’ve made the claim, the burden of proof is upon you. An extraordinary claim like that will require extraordinary evidence… What do you have?

        • For extraordinary evidence, I’ll simply advert you to everything science can’t adequately explain, which is a vast territory, despite everything we think we know.

          And then I’d remind you that everything we *do* know could also be evidence of God at work; the claim that there can be no God rests primarily on the assumption that scientific knowledge and the divine are mutually exclusive.

          Without that false premise, can you prove YOUR extraordinary claim, Miner?

        • NO, of course not.

          And I don’t care to either.

          I will only offer snark condescending comments.

          Plus, I will immediately abandon any follow up reply if I am getting my ass handed to me. Which is, admittedly, quite often….OK OK, almost always.

      • defender of liberty said:
        “Punishing, shaming, or otherwise canceling people for a victimless “sin” is certainly not defending liberty. Whatever consenting adults want to do with each other in their private lives is none of our business. ..”

        OK, so you agree that what consenting adults do, and no matter what it is, it’s none of our business. I know of people that died or were gravely injured while doing what consenting adults sometimes do.

        Well, I’m certainly glad you’re ok with that. At least, the dead person had the liberty and good sense to die….

        After all, sinners are people too.

        • And people have the right to choose a lifestyle of which you disapprove – up to and including suicide. “Laws” against suicide are the ultimate example of government stupidity. Who the hell ya gonna punish??????? And if I’m determined to kill myself, already, what PENALTY would dissuade me??

          There are many personal behaviors I “disapprove of” – for me. I have my reasons. I don’t much care what other ADULTS do in private, even if risky or dangerous, and I ignore such behavior in public, unless it threatens ME or my liberty. More people should try that, in my opinion, but if it “works” for you to stress out about what other people believe, or are doing, in private, then you do you. I find that living and managing my life for myself keeps my pretty busy.

        • It is simply human nature to want to control other people, but it is simple human weakness to fail to grasp that controlling oneself is the exigent imperative.

          Religion ups the ante by not only nurturing a coercive obligation to control others- some threaten eternal damnation for failing to capitulate.

          And this is but one of the multitude of religious dogma that suggest an extant human generation of religion. It is just so… us– looking in a mirror.

          And it appears that too many find a dearth of drama in minding one’s own business.

      • I know right. These snowflakes offended at gay people and rainbows act just like the woke left when they see a MAGA hat. “So scary! Oh, please, you’re offending my sensibilities. I’m such a victim! Poor me. I liked free speech 5 minutes ago when I agreed with it.”

    • Why is it that people who ardently defend ONE right, can ignore that and denounce the right of another person to live a lifestyle they disapprove of?? Seems hypcritical AF to me to claim that the Left can’t infringe your 2A rights, but you are free to denounce gays.

      Well, Jeff, it turns out that you DO have the right to speak out against a lifestyle of which you disapprove, and even to shun the practitioners thereof. I think you’ll miss out on getting your message across, because your prejudice will outweigh your message. Just as the gun control nuts have every right to speak out against “gun violence” pursuant to THEIR ignorant prejudices. Everyone has the right to say whatever they want, and Shannon Watts’ right to lie and speak absolute drivel is no less than yours to oppose “alternative” lifestyles. One of my regular shooting buddies is gay, and he usually outshoots me. I shoot with him because he’s a nice guy, shoots well, respects freedom and the 2A, and he’s funny as hell at our “after shooting” after action analysis of our shooting usually conducted over beers (notice I specified “after shooting”). Where he parks his genitalia would only be of interest to me if I were interested in him “in that way”, and I’m not. No one’s suggesting you switch teams and start batting for the other side, but, unless you expect to be raped by a gay motorcycle gang, what the hell difference does it make (paraphrasing Felonia Milhouse vonPantsuit)?

      How about we respect ALL people’s rights, whether we agree with how they exercise them, or not. Heck, even Minor IQ has every right to have, and spout, his ahistorical drivel. My solution could be to simply ignore him – but he’s too much fun to b****slap. If you don’t want to “associate” with gays, that’s up to you. Me, if I share common views about personal freedom and individual liberty, and I think they are ideological allies on THOSE issues, their color, religion, sexual preferences, etc. are literally the LAST thing I care about. Hell, I’ll even make common cause on the 2A with a Dimocrat, if there are any Dimocrats out there that aren’t authoritarian, pro-government fascists (those people used to exist; haven’t come across any, lately).

      • These snowflakes offended at gay people and rainbows act just like the woke left when they see a MAGA hat. “So scary! Oh, please, you’re offending my sensibilities. I’m such a victim! Poor me. I liked free speech 5 minutes ago when I agreed with it.”

    • If you think behavior you call “sinful” should be prohibited … you’re not a defender of liberty.

    • Not exactly.
      If one is a proponent of ‘the more gun owners, the better’ and ‘everybody has a right to own a gun,’ then one also includes the American Communist Party, Antifa, BurnLootMurder, inner-city Yutes of Color, and every metrosexual transpedophile deviant in the DSP, which used to be known as the DNC, including the Congressional Wing of Hamas, in that all-inclusive sphere. Bear in mind that such egalitarianism benefits the likes of enuf, and Minor69er; Is that what you really want?
      Personally, if and when The Apocalypse comes for the United States, I would prefer to engage an enemy force not nearly so well armed as I.

      • “Personally, if and when The Apocalypse comes for the United States, I would prefer to engage an enemy force not nearly so well armed as I.”

        Well, based on video seen here in TTAG, Antifa doesn’t exactly appear to have advanced marksmanship skills.

        Hit the range, POTG. One day, your life might depend on it…

      • Yeah, I do support all of those people’s right to arm themselves, as well the same for right for everyone who oppose the people and factions you list. If everyone is armed and everyone knows it then it will go a long way to making protests actually peaceful and cutting back on the arson, looting, and vandalism.

      • “Personally, if and when The Apocalypse comes for the United States, I would prefer to engage an enemy force not nearly so well armed as I.”.

        John in AK, I could envision Pelosi, Schumer, Biden, et al. Using that exact same reasoning as their excuse for gun control. Just not in a public forum.

      • So, JohninAK, you don’t want your 2A rights infringed, but it’s OK to infringe the 2A rights of people you disagree with politically????? Whatever. OF COURSE the people you listed have the same 2A rights, and INHERENT human rights, I do. Just as I have the right to shoot their @$$es if they abuse them.

        We preach, “it ain’t the gun, it’s the creep wielding it”. If we can’t be intellectually consistent, how can we expect to persuade the anti-gun nuts?

      • Think everyone is missing your point.

        There is a difference between celebrating all people who bear arms, and not standing in the way of them exercising their rights.

        When the black panthers march down the street with guns I don’t scream hurray more gun owners!

        I also don’t advocate for them to be disarmed.

        It is possible for both to be true, higher amounts of gun ownership amongst non traditional gun owners stalling gun control efforts. And those same people being your better armed than before adversaries in a collapse scenario.

        Which is most likely to occur? Are they both likely to occur? I don’t know. It’s a judgement call.

    • Indeed! They aren’t afraid to bust the stereotype that gays are left wing anti-gun commies and to show that the 2A belongs to everyone.

  2. Cheng, unlike every corporate panderer and fair-weather activists angrily shaking their fist at the most tolerant nation, would probably enjoy the attention he’d get if that magazine cover showed up on newstands in Arab nations.

  3. Every human being possesses human rights for the simple reason that they are a human being. This includes the right to life and the right to defend that life.

    However, that does not make it okay to promote ideologies which destroy the most foundational social structures of society or to deny basic scientific facts.

    Equating the two is pure sophistry, not actual logic.

    • Well stated. In normal markets, a producer of goods or services attempts to meet the demands of its customers in order to successfully engage in commerce and make a profit. If customers do not want a particular product, the producer evaluates and adjusts accordingly. Unfortunately, in the case of LGBT/Pride, those who do not hold to the gay agends are told by the producer there is something wrong with them, and publicly shamed so as to coerce to purchase the product or service.

      Every person is made in the image of God, and therefore has precious value. In this regard, hate truly has no place and we should always affirm every person’s worth. But certain behaviors are against biology, Nature, and Scripture, and it is the height of arrogance that those who adhere to them demand that everyone else not only tolerate, but celebrate them.

      RECOIL and Chris Cheng most certainly have the right to present themselves as they wish. I agree with and support this fundamental principle of American liberty. They are the producers of this magazine and demand that consumers accept what they present to us. It appears that Dan is as well. But I, as a consumer, must remind them that I also have the right to express myself as much as they do, and my financial decisions are part of my expression, including the decision to not purchase their product.

      • HAZ, thank you for a well written statement. You expressed my thoughts point on point.

      • You certainly do have the right to not to purchase their product because of a shirt worn by one person on the cover of a magazine. And everyone else has the right to point out how petty and silly that decision is.

        • “And everyone else has the right to point out how petty and silly that decision is.”

          An economic decision to not buy a product is not petty, or silly. Else, one would have to buy one of everything that fits whatever need one intends to fill through product purchase.

          Asked my neighbor if I could borrow his lawn mower. Neighbor responded, “No”. Asked “why?”, my neighbor said, “My wife is at the grocery store.” Stunned, I asked, “What does that have to do with borrowing your lawn mower?”. Neighbor replied, “Nothing, but when I don’t want to lend my lawn mower, one excuse is as good as the next.”

      • Haz,

        In what way, exactly, does recoil “demand” anything???? Are they trying to force you to buy their magazine??

        If the sight of a gay man who is also a 2A supporter (and a conspicuously better shooter than I am – and I’m guessing than you, too), on the cover of their magazine offends you? Don’t buy the damn magazine. It’s that simple.

        Now, if Recoil tries to force you to buy the magazine? I’d be more than willing to support you in resisting. As far as I can see, you already have the two things which are both necessary, and sufficient, to deal with your offense at their cover: don’t buy their magazine, and oppose them if they try to force you. Problem solved, AFAIAC.

    • EWTHeckman,

      I will expand upon your sentiment ever-so-slightly.

      Note the following simple and indisputable facts:
      1) Nasty/evil people are in the world.
      2) Said nasty/evil people often coalesce into gangs and even governments.
      3) Said nasty/evil people aspire and endeavor to apply their nasty/evil agenda on their community and the world.
      4) Said nasty/evil people WILL make our lives a living Hell if “good” people lack the resources, unity, strength, and resolve to stop them.

      Thus the natural question is, “What gives us the best odds that ‘good’ people will have adequate resources, unity, strength, and resolve to stop nasty/evil people?” And the simple answer is: strong nuclear families who produce children in a physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy environment.

      Those are the facts. And, like it or not, the LGBTQ agenda weakens our odds. Thus we should not promote much less celebrate LGBTQ agenda any more than we should promote/celebrate people being narcotics addicts.

      • Because “those people” are somehow opposed to nuclear families? Makes one wonder why there was such a fight to get their marriages recognized….

        • Serpent_Vision,

          It does not matter whether “those people” hold a mindset which opposes nuclear families. The fact of the matter is that they choose to NOT be part of nuclear families. And that weakens our society.

      • The political agenda that has captured most LGBT folks does weaken our odds of cultural survival. It’s expressly meant to.

        The people themselves are fine — or they can be, if weaned from that crippling, poisonous postmodern Marxist ideology.

        • The communism/socialism in the gay community is what makes them a Target. And that is something that many people don’t want to talk about. They would rather make this into some kind of religious issue.

      • Again, welfare and divorce laws that make it easy to get a divorce and force onerous support of the female and children by a financially castrated ex husband are the real basis of the destruction of the nuclear family. Gays are about 10% of the population and they were never going to be part of your traditional nuclear family anyways. They aren’t responsible for it’s destruction, the government is.

        • The Crimson Pirate,

          And you are highlighting yet another serious problem which undermines healthy nuclear families–and therefore reduces the resources, strength, resolve, and unity of “good” people to oppose nasty/evil people.

          Please note an important distinction. It is one thing to argue that consenting adults have a right to engage in sexual activity with other adults of the same sex–recognizing that such activity does not produce strong healthy nuclear families. It is another thing all-together to promote and celebrate homosexual relationships which do not produce strong, healthy nuclear families.

          As I said earlier: while adults have a right to shoot-up heroin and be in a stupor all day/every day, that is not something that we should be promoting nor celebrating because that weakens nuclear families and society. Similarly, while adults have a right to engage in homosexual behavior, that is not something that we should be promoting nor celebrating because it fails entirely to produce strong nuclear families and it thus weakens society.

        • “It is another thing all-together to promote and celebrate homosexual relationships“

          Promote and celebrate? That sounds like an exercise of their first amendment right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, what have you got against that you Commie?

          Scratch a conservative, find an authoritarian theocrat.

        • Well Miner49er,

          Is it also good for society to promote and celebrate being stoned all day/every day on heroin? Would that be a wonderful way to exercise our First Amendment rights? Should we encourage that? No. Should such speech be illegal? No.

          By the way, I like how you clearly think it is okay for YOU to condemn MY speech for being destructive to society but it is wrong if I condemn speech for being destructive to society. In other words, it is okay-right-and-good for you to suppress other people’s speech while it is somehow wrong-and-bad when someone else suppresses other people’s speech.

        • Oh,

          And scratch a leftist (like me) and find an evil Marxist with severe personality disorders.

          Proud of me.

        • DAMMIT, Minor IQ, I HATE it when I agree with you – I immediately wonder where and how I’m wrong. But I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes (the other example used doesn’t work for you – I’ve NEVER seen you be right twice a day). But when you are right, you deserve to have recognition for that, and your point is (IMHO) exactly right – as I’ve stated up and down this thread (and others). Now, restore my faith in the state of the world, and say something stupid.

        • Uncommon Sense,

          The problem is not the gays, or the blacks, or the Muslims, or the racists, or the Democrats, or the fundamentalists, or the ateists, or the deplorables, or the people with TDS. The problem is government. Government powerful enough to pass laws and impose restrictions on groups of people,and government that can be captured such that groups can direct the laws and restrictions in favor of the things and groups they want and against the things and groups they oppose. Government is what is destroying the traditional Indo-European nuclear family.

          In the absence of government gay people would have no effect on it at all. We need to get more other groups on our side wherever and whenever we can to oppose government and roll back it’s power and reach.

          I don’t think promoting gay lifestyles is very effective. My experience with gay people is that they react to members of the same sex the way I react to females. I do not choose to be attracted to females, I just am. Dangerous curves stirs up a physiologic response that I do not initiate or control. I cannot stop being interested in females. I do not get the same physiologic reaction to broad shoulders and large muscles. My observation of gay people is that for the most part they are the same. They react physiologically to who they react to. It isn’t a choice. They were not made gay by the promotion of that lifestyle anymore than I was made straight by the promotion of a more traditional lifestyle.

          Now, I do think there is a coterie of young females who are prone to be mislead. When I was young and in college it seemed like every girl was either a lesbian, bi, or bi curios. Now the vast majority of those girls are all married to men and have kids. A generation later girls that age were cutting themselves, then those girls grew out of that too. Now they are all trans. If we could keep government out of it then in 10 or so years they will all be normal straight women. But government mandating that insurance cover hormones and trans surgery, and that underage people be able to get hormones and surgery without parental consent, and this crap being taught in government schools is what is causing people to do irreparable harm to themselves before they can come to their senses.

          Once gain government is the both the root and exacerbation of all problems.

      • Might I remind you that it’s you heterosexual persons, with your proclivity for making babies, who are ADDING to the homosexual community? After all, it’s not like we’re going to be making a whole lot more people ourselves, not in comparison to you fine folk.

        Maybe if you’re so worried about how many queers are in the world, you might want to take an oath of celibacy, in case one of your kids might turn out gay. I don’t know of a single gay person anywhere who asked to be that way. While it can be nice if you happen to find supportive persons, in general, it’s a right royal pain.

        How do we know that having gay people be born isn’t a sign that we’re overcrowding, breeding too many of us, and the Creator is telling us “whoa, there, humans, you need to get a handle on your population before you start going nuclear!”? You don’t know that. It might be pheromones. It might be God telling someone that their genes aren’t what the world needs right now…but instead of killing them, just rigs it so the only people they’ll ever love is someone they can’t breed with.

        God moves in mysterious ways. Go back and re-read Job. Then say you know better about why such things exist.

        • Syzygy,

          It is entirely inconsistent with the whole of the Bible to suggest/claim that God ordains people to have same-sex sexual urges. Such a claim is nothing more than offloading responsibility for our actions onto God.

          Please note that super intense feelings do not justify acting on those feelings. If an adult claims to have super intense urges (feelings) to have sex with 12 year-old children, does that mean God designed that person that way and it is somehow natural and okay? Of course not.

          I honestly and truly feel for anyone who struggles with intense feelings/urges to do things that weaken society, whether that is urges for same-sex sexual activity or urges to be strung-out on heroin all day long.

  4. “A friend at RECOIL tells us that the Cheng cover had been in the works for months and it was only a coincidence of the magazine’s editorial calendar that it was scheduled to run in June.”

    Yeah right. I’m sure everyone involved was completely unaware of what they were doing until they started reading the comments. Is RECOIL Magazine really that amateurish?

    “Promoting gun ownership to minorities of all kinds is not only pro-gun rights, it also ensures people who count themselves among those groups can defend themselves and their families from those who would prey upon them.”

    Okay sure. Let’s just pretend that we aren’t going along with the mob. Why not have someone on the cover with a BLM shirt? I mean, you’re not a racist are you? How about someone holding a trans flag? Don’t you want to be inclusive? You’re really missing the forest for the trees here.

    On a side note, look at all that corporate support and sponsorship. No wonder they feel oppressed. /sarcasm

    P.S. Who gives a flying f_ about his sexual orientation and who he’s married to? Answer: activists and virtue signalers.

    • The fact they haven’t had someone on the cover wearing a BLM shirt proves they aren’t going along with the mob.

      This isn’t the time for gun owners to participate in cancel culture or shit on each other.

      • “This isn’t the time for gun owners to participate in cancel culture or shit on each other.”

        Except I did nothing of the sort.

  5. Actually, it is a good thing to have Chris Cheng on the cover of Recoil at this time. The LGTBQ^$$(^R#@… movement is not owned by the anti-gun industry. This message needs to get out of the closet.

    • “The LGTBQ^$$(^R#@… movement is not owned by the anti-gun industry.”

      Yes, they are, as seen in an article in TTAG when a ‘Gay Pride’ parade un-invited the ‘Pink Pistols’, a gay gun rights organization from participating in a ‘Gay Pride’ parade…

      • Geoff,

        I usually agree with you . . . but not this time. Forget ideology, for a moment. Let’s talk tactics. Is ostracizing an “out” gay 2a proponent, who happens to be a hell of a good shooter, more likely, or less likely, to get members of the LGBTQ community to re-evaluate their support for gun control?? I shoot regularly with a group of guys, one of whom happens to be gay. Great guy, good shot, funny as hell, believes in individual liberty and the 2A. So, I should shun him because he’s gay and because “most” gays support gun control?? (Or maybe just because he’s gay??) I’m gonna have to take a hard pass on that, Geoff. Where he parks his genitalia is as irrelevant to me as what color he is or what religion he is.

        • “Where he parks his genitalia is as irrelevant to me as what color he is or what religion he is.“

          Bravo!

        • LampOfDiogenes,

          Okay, let’s go to the other end of the spectrum. How about a heterosexual male womanizer whose urgent goal is to seduce (not rape) and impregnate as many women as possible and leave them high-and-dry? Nothing wrong with that since all of his woman conquests were willing participants, right?

          Wrong! Aside from the likelihood of spreading sexually transmitted diseases with their ill-effects on society, creating hundreds of fatherless children is really bad for those children and weakens society. Thus, we should not promote and celebrate such a “lifestyle”. Do we tolerate it? Probably. Do we promote and celebrate it? No.

          The same goes for LGBTQ people.

        • uncommon,

          OF COURSE the hypothetical womanizer is responsible for the consequences of his actions. Now, if he tells lies, or “lines” to get in an ADULT woman’s pants, and she buys his lines??? How is that his “fault”??? I may deplore his behavior, but he has NO legal liability for bad behavior (excluding, of course, forcible rape, roofies, pedophilia, etc.).

          Now, if he convinces a woman, through lies, to, for example, move across the country, away from her family, based on those lies, she may very well have compensable claims for damages for her losses due to her lies. But, query, if you are stupid enough to fall for a liar, is that the liar’s fault, or yours.

          Now, OF COURSE, the Lothario is responsible for his by-blow, under the laws of EVERY SINGLE STATE in the country. He can be forced to pay child support until the child is an adult (but, again, query what responsiblity the naive “victim” bears?).

          Don’t misunderstand my point. I do not countenance, and would be willing to punish, non-consensual sex, and I personally DEPLORE the actions of Lotharios – but I don’t believe my deploring the behavior entitles me to punish the “bad” person, and, once again, what responsibility does the “naive” person have???

          I thought we were all about personal responsibility on this board? Did I miss something???

  6. Looks like a good cover with a good fellow to me. He should be able to pick his own clothes though, I think he is probably old enough now;-)

  7. I don’t care if this guy is Gay or whatever. I don’t care about “Pride Day, Month, Year, etc” nor do I give a rip for Earth Day or any other made up leftist holidays.

    What I object to and I think is the root cause of anger and frustration with all media, is that ALL of their notions and ideas and beliefs MUST be Force Feed to the “Great Unwashed Masses” as they are too stupid to come to their own conclusions, etc. Having Recoil appear to promote, accept or advance non-gun propaganda in their publication is what upsets me. Just like when I see the same shit on a breakfast cereal or a kids cartoon or in school assignments.

    You believe in equality for Trans People or Gay fine, You tell me that I must agree, Not Fine. Further if I do agree, you tell me that if I am not sexually attracted to these people and would consider dating them, etc. then I am a HATER, not fine. This is how the tyranny of the Left and Marxist works, submit to your masters will, or be destroyed.

    Now I’m sure someone in the Recoil staff in California didn’t think twice about the shirt, no big deal. Unfortunately for them, if you are allergic to peanuts and a bunch of thugs tried to kill you by force feeding them to you, don’t be surprised at a backlash if you politely, with no malice offer to share your bowl of peanuts with them later. Its akin to a type of group trauma and therefore Recoil received a different reaction than they were expecting. The best part is that liberals who would normally march to Recoil’s defense will not, because it promotes “Guns” and no one praises the Devil when he does the right thing, LOL.

    • “The best part is that liberals who would normally march to Recoil’s defense will not, because it promotes “Guns” and no one praises the Devil when he does the right thing, LOL.”

      That’s because they don’t actually believe any of the nonsense they push. It’s only a means to gain political power by pretending to support supposedly oppressed groups. Did the Left honor Clarence Thomas during Black History Month? Do they appreciate an intelligent, outspoken black woman like Candace Owens? Did they brag about Rich Grenell being the first openly gay person to hold a Cabinet level position? Were they happy that we just had a First Lady that was an immigrant? No, the Left was openly hostile to all of those people because they were politically opposed to them which is the entire point of this virtue signalling game.

    • Recoil wasn’t accepting or promoting “non-gun propaganda” just because they let Cheng choose what shirt he wanted to wear on their magazine cover. They simply allowed him to pick his own wardrobe. Please tell me how this hurts you or anyone else.

    • “You tell me that I must agree, Not Fine. Further if I do agree, you tell me that if I am not sexually attracted to these people and would consider dating them, etc. then I am a HATER“

      WTF?

      • FYI I really am a HATER too.

        Just don’t hate on me for being one.

        My mom said that would be wrong.

    • These snowflakes offended at gay people and rainbows act just like the woke left when they see a MAGA hat. “So scary! Oh, please, you’re offending my sensibilities. I’m such a victim! Poor me. I liked free speech 5 minutes ago when I agreed with it.”

  8. You’re engaging in the same intersectionalist ideology rooted in Marxist critical theory. You may not realize and think you’re on the side of “liberty”, but you’re giving the insane ideologues exactly what they want. And they’ll use your own capitulation to tear us all apart by claiming “white supremacy” and “cultural constructs”.

    • So, if Cheng were a devout Christian, and wanted to wear a “Jesus Saves” T-shirt on the cover, it would offend you just as much? Do you wear a wedding ring? Isn’t that a form of “making your private life public”? People brag about being Dimocrats, and it doesn’t bother me – actually, I like it when rubes self-identify. Let’s me know who to keep an eye on.

    • These snowflakes offended at gay people and rainbows act just like the woke left when they see a MAGA hat. “So scary! Oh, please, you’re offending my sensibilities. I’m such a victim! Poor me. I liked free speech 5 minutes ago when I agreed with it.”

  9. Not sure what all the fuss is about. He’s gay and it’s June. Big deal. People just need to chill out and stop trying to read too much into everything.

  10. Response to Squiggy81:

    Go back to the home page. Notice the article titled “USA TODAY Teams Up With Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Agitprop Arm For An Investigative Series”. It’s about those groups promoting a destructive idea. But somehow we’re supposed to be okay with a different destructive idea being promoted via similar propaganda?

    No.

    • Be specific. What exactly is this destructive idea? Does the fact that gay people exist and always have and always will destroy your peace of mind? Or are you referring more to their politics?

      • The lgbtq XYZ crowd promotes tranny storytime where tranny”s expose their genitalia to children. Is it the same people who demand that a man be able to use the woman’s bathroom, simply because he says he’s a woman. These are also the same people that are trying to destroy girls Sports. By allowing a male to claim to be a female and play on a female team. So yes the gay agenda is a destructive one.

        BTW
        Gays support the welfare industrial complex. And they openly promoted replacing the father and his gun’s with a welfare check and the guns of a big city police department.

        Having said all that they have every right to the Second Amendment civil rights as everyone else. The problem is most gay people work to prevent other people from keeping their civil rights.

  11. Oh a paper magazine…how quaint! Don’t care. 700 Club(today)featured a so-called “black militia”. And disparedged “3%’ers & white folks militia. You wanna cut your own throat(like country ‘music’ did)go ahead. Gun ownership is for everyone but I don’t support your causes…

  12. One of the best written articles I’ve ever read. Coming from a conservative hetero.

  13. I am not a medical professional, however from what I know, there are a lot of mental health issues associated with the gay and trans sexual communities, Ii appears obvious there would be mental issues with someone who thinks they are a different sex from that they were born. I cannot support people with mental health problems having access to firearms. This is not a racist comment, it’s based on fact.

    • A lot of the mental issues are caused by having to deal with prejudiced and intolerant assholes on a daily basis.

      • And there you exposed the very point many of us are trying to make, Cato. If I agree with you, then…well…I already agree with you. If I disagree with you but allow you to live as you please, then that is tolerance by its actual definition. Allowing RECOIL and Cheng to do what they want with their lives, but disagreeing with their decisions and choosing different ones for ourselves is tolerance.

        By the definition you used in your comment above and how you choose to denigrate those who hold a different view than yours, you are the epitome of intolerance. So…about your “asshole” reference…

        ****
        Really, though, to anyone here reading this…it’s a Friday and I visited TTAG today in the hopes of reading about guns. Tired of having the LGBT agenda thrown in my face everywhere I go now.

        • So nice of you to ‘allow’ Recoil to choose its cover.

          You are correct about one thing, I am intolerant of intolerant assholes.

        • “You are correct about one thing, I am intolerant of intolerant assholes.”

          You don’t deal with an intolerant asshole by being a bigger intolerant asshole…

      • These snowflakes offended at gay people and rainbows act just like the woke left when they see a MAGA hat. “So scary! Oh, please, you’re offending my sensibilities. I’m such a victim! Poor me. I liked free speech 5 minutes ago when I agreed with it.”