Gunstore owner's anti-veteran FB rant gets blowback

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Michael Schuette
Last Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014, the owner of a gun repair shop (Outlaw Gun Repair and Hydrographing) in Anniston, Alabama, made the mistake of ranting against military veterans on his Facebook (FB) page.
In his tirade, Michael Schuette, who had never served in the military, called all veterans cowardly mercenaries, instead of freedom-fighters, who only “fight and kill for profit,” terrorizing other countries.
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While Americans had fought in some misguided wars, by ranting about all veterans, however, Schuette included those who valiantly had fought in the Revolutionary War, liberating the 13 colonies from the British; the Civil War that freed slaves; the Second World War that liberated Europe from Nazi Germany and Asia from Imperial Japan; and the Korean War that repelled the invasion of communist North Korea and secured the freedom of South Korea.
Reaction to Schuette was swift and brutal.
Within hours after Schuette posted his rant, he received 1400 emails, 200 text messages and hundreds of voicemails from outraged supporters of the military.
Among people who were outraged by Schuette’s rant is his best friend, who’s in the military. Schuette said, “He’s so mad at me right now about this post he won’t talk to me.”
One FB user wrote, “So, you hate Vets huh. Happy to help spread the word about you and help boycott your business.” Another said, “Congrats on ruining your business, genius.”
Writing on Nov. 13, 2014 on Schuette’s FB page, Misty Henry wrote, “You have the GALL to sell weapons as per the 2nd Amendment-that WE fought for you to have. THEN, you put us down for having given you that right! …It’s really too bad that you have to put down others for having done their duty-is it because you never did your duty?”
Another FB user aptly observed, “Next time don’t bite the Vets hands that feed your freedom of speech…they bite back.”
Some of the messages were life-threatening. One caller said, “Right now, If I were you, I would go underground.”
Faced with the blowback, Schuette posted a retraction on Facebook:
Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 5.31.55 PMHe told ABC33/40: “I’ve spent the last 12 hours on the phone with veterans all across the nation who have called me, let me know their feelings and told me their stories. I am very humbled. I am very apologetic. I have taken down the post.”
Reportedly, things got so bad for Schuette, he decided to temporarily step away from his gun repair business and let his wife take over.
However, it turns out his apology was entirely insincere.
A reader, Anthony, wrote this comment on ABC33/40’s site on Dec. 18, 2014:

This is what Schuette had to say on 18 December 2014: “You served special interests and the government…You did nothing for American citizens….Sad you think that being a NAVY servant served me or any american…Shows your ignorance….All the ones from your gang are the same…A bunch of brainwashed **** reciting propaganda that has been spoonfed…BUT thats what followers do…And you my friend will always be that little marines yes man that does what he is told…So put one of those large calibers to your head and rid humanity of your ignorance…Now THAT would do our country a service…

I can’t confirm the above quote attributed to Schuette, but if we go by what he wrote on his FB page a day after his rant, Schuette stands by his original tirade:
Sources: ABC33/40TeaPartyUpdate

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0 responses to “Gunstore owner's anti-veteran FB rant gets blowback

  1. This gun shop owner is an ass!! He is also insane, he would have probably been given a second chance but decided to ruin that too with his penchant for verbal diarrhea. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, that’s glaringly obvious.

  2. What a total douchebag.
    Geez! And he’s a gunsmith? Well, it looks like he just shot himself in the foot by insulting his customer base, many of whom are bound to be veterans.

  3. If there is any group who have respect for and knowledge of firearms and their safety, it’s veterans. I wonder it this is one big reason for disarming legal law abiding gun owners in the US. Many vets in particular have had extensive sharpshooter training plus have a love of country but not necessarily for those who run it….and that scares the poop out of the armchair rambos in Washington ac/dc

  4. If I was this goober, I’d be standing in front of a mirror and practicing saying, “Would you like fries with that?”
    I have a feeling it is going to be a job skill he will be needing right soon.
    Seriously, this idiot should be at the top of the list for the DumbMass of the Year award.

  5. “You get a check and a holiday”… Well, he’s obviously never been to a US post on a holiday, nor to a war zone during a holiday – those incomings must be so fun to watch! He’s entitled to his First Amendment right. But obviously not the brightest bulb…

  6. I guess,if he’s tired of working,this is as solid a way to retire as any. Randy has it right-he just alienated pretty near ALL his former customers. Might as well make some “Going Out Of Business” signs.

  7. The big question is . . . how has his tirade affected his business? Are people still bringing their guns into his shop for repair? If they are, then their are nincompoops! Unfortunately, this guy needs to be hit in the wallet–and hit H-A-R-D. I agree, he does need to hang out a “Going Out of Business” sign, just as truckjunkie has said.

  8. I’m curious as to what it is about “the system” that he hates. The system that allowed him to open a gun repair shop (check and see how many gun shops are in Cuba or China or Russia and many many more), a system that didn’t require he give all his money to the government to spread around among non-producers, a system that allowed him to not serve in the military (which many countries require), a system where others fill the vacancy that he provides by not being willing to serve?


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