Sometimes it is nice to be reminded that we Americans don’t have a monopoly on stupidity.
I saw a comment on a forum about Benchmade. Sadly I forgot to screen shot it when I saw it, so I don’t recall who said it or the exact wording. It went something like:
Don’t tell a company you will never buy from them again. Tell them that you will currently buy from their competitors, and in the future reevaluate if this company has changed. If they changed, you will buy from them again.Poorly paraphrased quote.
There are two companies, I’m not going to go into details, where I once told them, “I hope you go out of business so that your employees can get jobs they are competent at.” Now one of those companies went out of business. The other has changed drastically and I am a fan now. I have purchased a good deal of their stuff now that they have changed and stop making crap. I’ll continue to buy from them as long as they continue to make good a good product.
Might be worth telling these companies that if they support what we want (or at least don’t support our enemies) we will buy from them. As long as they don’t, we won’t. I think many people would argue that Ruger is currently not the same company as back when Bill Ruger said that people don’t need more than a 10 round magazine.
Oh, L3 Eotech donates to Diane Feinstein. If you really want to get mad, look at how the NRA spends money.
I was debating writing about this, then decided not too. Today I received a request to write about it.
Long long time ago I bought a Benchmade knife. The tip broke off, it constantly rusted. There was several other issues I had with it that I don’t remember now. I swore off their knives then. Funny story, back in the days of 56k modems I often would read a web page, then scroll back up to the top and look at the images as they finally load. I found an opinion article on the best knife available. The writing talked about a particular Benchmade model, how it was indestructible, it has an impervious finish that will never rust, etc. I decided I was going to buy one. I then scrolled back up to see the images and found the writer was talking about the exact same model I had previously.
Anyways, to get to the topic.
Now I’m going to go thru this from memory, so forgive me if I get some details wrong.
Benchmade destroyed some firearms for their local police department. This got us gun nuts worked up. Someone then looked into their political donations and found that they donate to anti-gun Democrats. So we are all suppose to hate them now. But people are already pivoting that hate to Surefire.
Cold Steel and Kershaw are both capitalizing on this and pointing out that they are pro-gun.
Now let me see, who all are we suppose to be still hating?
- Cheaper Than Dirt
- H-S Precision
- Team Wendy
- Springfield Armory
- Rock River Arms
- Tactical Talor
- Daniel Defense
- Ted Nugent
- All of Hollywood
I was trying to remember who all else we are suppose to still be boycotting. I found other lists with dozens and dozens of other companies where I don’t recall the issue behind them.
Sadly there are plenty of companies that are either anti gun, donated to the democrats, said stupid things, etc. It is worth looking into the places you spend you money, see what they support. Then decide if you really want to support them.