Gun writer and bon vivant Jenn Jacques was let go from BearingArms.com last week, and from what I understand, the site itself might be going away very soon as well.
Not all that surprising. They won. We have a pro-gun President in the White House, nominally pro-gun Republican majorities in Congress, and the balance of power will be maintained (or improved upon) in the Supreme Court. The future that BearingArms wrote about happened, and now they (along with a host of other gun companies) are not really sure what to do next.
This has happened before. I was a subscriber to WIRED magazine since issue #2, a time when the Internet pretty much consisted of email, USENET and FTP.
The web? The web existed on a server in Illinois, and that was about it. A few years later, when the digital future that WIRED was predicting would happen actually happened, they didn’t know what to do. WIRED morphed into Inc. for the dot-com crowd, then after that bubble burst, it was more about movies and geek culture until finally, today, they’re little more than Vanity Fair for the Silicon Valley crowd.
We haven’t hit that “dot com bubble” yet with gun culture, because since 1994 (or even earlier…) our culture hasn’t been based around expanding our rights and welcoming new people into the fold, it’s been built on fear and defensive warfare that bitterly clings to what few rights we had left.
We’re on the cusp of something truly wonderful here. Let’s not let past fears ruin it.