Friday, February 15, 2013

Second Chances...

Whoo-boy. Big news breaking today (well, technically yesterday afternoon, but I'm getting to it today. It's how I roll...)

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today announced that CheaperThanDirt has made an unprecedented contribution of $100,000, making the online sporting goods retailer SAF’s first-ever Diamond Level sponsor.

Created in response to the generous donation from CheaperThanDirt, the Diamond level of sponsorship indicates the highest level of support for SAF’s continued efforts to restore firearms rights “one lawsuit at a time,” as SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb explains it.
I know.

Cheaper than Dirt hasn't exactly covered themselves in glory in the post-Newtown world. First there was the removal of AR-15 pattern rifles from their website. Then it was increasing prices on certain parts. Heck, they won't ship anything gun-related into Massachusetts. They've been a fair-weathered friend to gun owners recently, and I know that a lot of people have been upset by their actions.And yes, some will say that they're trying to rehabilitate their image.

But how many people swore they would never do business with Smith & Wesson after their deal with the devil (or Bill Clinton, not that I'm sure which is worse)? Or Ruger, for that matter? "No honest man needs more than 10 rounds in any gun" sound familiar? Yet Smith & Wesson is back in favor, with their M&P line (itself coming under withering fire upon introduction for re-using the M&P moniker on plastic fantastic) one of the hottest things going. Ruger, too, has come completely about-face, offering factory 25 round magazines for the Mini-14 and the 10/22 as well as guns ideal for concealed carry.

Look at this as the Second Amendment Foundation getting a much-needed infusion of cash with which they can continue to do good work. They're at the very forefront of the fight for our 2A rights, and with all that fancy legal footwork comes a hefty bill - and the more diamond donors they can get, the more challenges they can successfully mount. They can branch out into other avenues like efforts in education. They can build upon their successes to fight the many incursions on our freedoms and continue the good fight.

It's not to say that Cheaper than Dirt should be forgiven, or that their actions should be forgotten. This is a step in the right direction, in my opinion, but it's only the first. Writing a check alone does not absolve them of their sins; this could very well be a single PR move for them. But I think it's worth watching; this may have been their "Come to Browning" moment where they realize that they snub the gun community at their own peril - and that sucking up to the anti-freedom forces truly is a deal with the devil.

In any case, it's good to see the Second Amendment Foundation get a decent infusion of cash. Right now, we need all pro-freedom operations running at full capacity - while anti-gun movements at the Federal level do not appear to have much traction, we're seeing a lot of bad things happening at the state level - to whit, New York already; CO and MN stand poised to make equally stupid laws; CA, well, it's CA... There's still a lot of work to be done, and this large donation will help SAF continue to fight the good fight.

As Ronaldus Maximus was fond of saying, "Trust but verify". This is a good first step; whether CTD continues on the journey to redemption depends entirely on them. In the meantime, the Second Amendment Foundation has some much-needed funding with which to do good work, and I think we can all agree that's a good thing regardless. This is the largest single donation SAF has received, and if they can continue to receive donations like these I think they can help turn the tide back toward freedom.

In which case, we all win.

That is all.


wizardpc said...

Jay, here's the thing:

S&W and Ruger didn't come back into our good graces until LONG AFTER the people that made those decisions were gone.

Did CTD have a management changover in the last few weeks that we haven't heard about?

Dave H said...

Did CTD have a management changover in the last few weeks that we haven't heard about?

Maybe they're trying to correct a knee-jerk decision that's costing them goodwill and revenue. I'll take that over management that will watch their company crumble around them before they admit they made a mistake.

pax said...

$100,000 isn't a PR move. It's a commitment, even for a company the size of CTD.

Good for them.

CTD, Inc. said...

"First there was the removal of AR-15 pattern rifles from their website." the rifles were removed because they were sold out. Firearms were removed from our site on the Monday following the president's speech. Cheaper Than Dirt!, like many online vendors of firearms, were completely overwhelmed with orders. We were unable to keep up with demand and an accurate inventory.

B said...

Like Mob money to church fundraiser.

TinCan Assassin said...

Well hell, all they had to do to come up with it was sell six 30 rd magazines...

LIHS Blogger said...

Fuck Cheaper Than Dirt.

As for Ruger, try to bear in mind that there was not a complete about face. The old man Ruger passed on and the younger returned to the 2nd amendment friendly Ruger of old - which the younger had been trying to do for years.

As for S&W they suck. Colt likewise.