A question if time permits. I can just imagine the comments you have received regarding your article on Camping World gun sales. My question is, as an editor, knowing you are going to open a can of worms, are the negative, sometimes rude responses, taken personally?
Do they sometimes hurt or over the years do they just become part of the job of being an honest journalist?
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The angry, rude comments only hurt when people don’t pay enough attention to whatever I write and then respond with anger and name-calling. It gets old being called a left wing commie, or similar things. I learned a long time ago that I cannot please everyone; I just accept that there will be those who disagree with me. For the most part, I deal with negative, even angry comments in stride.
On my recent column about Camping World selling guns, I thought I presented my thoughts in a way that most people, even if they disagreed with me, would accept as just my opinion. Alas, that was too much to expect. I should have remembered that writing about guns, no matter what I say, is inviting angry comments.
That said, most of the 400-plus comments were respectful, which is good and helps further the discussion.
But dozens of the know-it-alls in the audience commented (and sent me personal emails) that it was “liberals” like me who wanted the Second Amendment repealed; we are ruining this country. Of course, I didn’t say a single word about the Second Amendment.
For the record, I have never said or written even once about repealing the Second Amendment. I am fully aware that most people who own a gun in the RVtravel.com audience do so in perfectly legal and responsible ways.
Even with what I am writing to you here, some readers will misinterpret and, through the power of a keyboard in a room hidden from others, spew their venom. Most are too cowardly to use their real names.