Stand by for some gun-industry-politics wonkiness.
Troy Industries is a manufacturer of ARs and AR parts, as well as other modern rifle accessories. The last time they were in the news was when Dick’s Sporting Goods dropped their line of ARs for political reasons, screwing over Troy pretty badly (as well as Dick’s screwing themselves).
Now they’re in the news for hiring Jody Weis and Dale R. Munroe as instructors for their Troy Asymmetric training group.
Jody Weis is noteworthy for being an anti-gun Chicago cop who was hated by his own officers for being a miserable coward.
He even went out and wrote a SunTimes op-ed in favor of more gun control:
Efforts to enhance background checks and limit the availability of high capacity magazines for assault weapons are both prudent measures that will assist in keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and reduce the lethality of these weapons.
Dale R. Monroe is famous for the shot his partner Lon Horiuchi took at Ruby Ridge, killing Vicky Weaver while she held her baby:
FBI snipers Thursday defended their actions at the 1992 Ruby Ridge siege where a white separatist’s wife was killed, contending that danger to an FBI observation helicopter from armed men outside the separatist’s cabin justified opening fire.
But skeptical senators questioned whether permissive shoot-to-kill orders and exaggerated information about the threat of Randy Weaver led to an overreaction.
Dale R. Monroe, the partner of FBI hostage rescue team leader Lon Horiuchi – who fired the fatal shot – said he was preparing to fire but didn’t only because Horiuchi fired first.
Horiuchi invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination Tuesday after the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on terrorism refused to give him limited immunity from prosecution.
The Senate panel is trying to determine what took place at Ruby Ridge on Aug. 21-22, 1992, when deputy U.S. marshals seeking to arrest Weaver led to a confrontation in which deputy marshal William E. Degan and Weaver’s 14-year-old son, Sammy, were killed. The FBI’s hostage rescue team then was called in, and Weaver’s wife, Vicki, standing behind a cabin door, was killed by a shot that Horiuchi has testified previously that he fired at one of the men running to the cabin.
So basically a gun company which found itself on the receiving end of anti-2A anti-gun politics when Dick’s Sporting Goods made the cowardly decision not to carry their rifles… has now decided to hire people who are anti-gun and pro-big government. And pro-tyranny.
This is a step by a company that’s either woefully stupid or trying to cozy up to government agencies in order to make sales. There’s another company that does that. It’s run by a dick whose company without lawsuits and government contracts would be singing its swan song due to misanthropic business practices. I’m not sure if Troy wants to be T.H.A.T. kind of arms company, but it looks like it.
GunsSaveLife reads that Weis was fired due to the backlash. But what the Troy release says is:
In response to the reaction of our customer base, Jody Weis will not be joining the Troy Asymmetric cadre of instructors.
That doesn’t say he was fired. He may still be hired on as a consultant, since he knows plenty of other JBTs to sell products to. Crony capitalism at work in the firearms industry.
Even afterwards, they use very odd language. They have also taken the Sgt. Schultz defense when it comes to Weis:
GunsSaveLife notes that Troy is still standing by Monroe, contesting minutae about what Monroe was quoted as saying, even though Monroe fully supported the fedgov’s actions at Ruby Ridge.
Troy as a business is cultivating relationships with the same authorities who threatened and still threaten liberty in their careers. Troy is cozying up to really bad people.
A simple internet search would’ve revealed these backgrounds, so there’s no excuse for Troy to have missed it. But somehow they ignored it one way or another, and Steve Troy says he didn’t do it himself.
And if they want to cultivate government contracts or show themselves connected to bigger government activities as a way to hire instructors for their security courses without courting these two JBTs, there might be some other agencies they could’ve looked at first to provide some quality candidates.
Hopefully Troy has a better explanation. In the short term, it still looks really, really bad. It sure looks like they hired a pair of jack-booted thugs who could get them government contracts, because they were advertising the men as instructors on their website. There’s little that looks accidental here.
Update: Troy is keeping Monroe.
Problem is, that second thing is factually incorrect. Horiuchi made a drawing of what he saw, and superlawyer Gerry Spence had to fight to get that from the FBI. Vicki Weaver wasn’t out of sight. The “rules of engagement” were to shoot any armed person on sight (later changed to any armed male). That’s not a law enforcement action. It’s worth reading Gerry Spence’s whole account of the event. The Weavers certainly held some noxious opinions (reading Spence’s reason for defending Randy Weaver is very telling), but ultimately the actions of the government are actions as an institution against the people, not actions of individuals acting outside the bounds of society.
It is tyranny.
Troy is choosing to hire someone who participated in that institutional culture and who was an active participant in those events.
Their decision, but the market will ultimately decide. Firearms enthusiasts tend not to forget.
Update 2: Just noticed that for some reason I had his name as “James” in there. Corrected.