A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Zumboed

Apparently Dan Cooper, Founder, President and CEO of Cooper Firearms of Montana donated a bit of quid to a certain anti-gun political campaign. The response from gun owners was quick and unwavering. The Board of Directors has spoken.

"In response to the recent article highlighting Dan Cooper’s personal political donations, the board of directors, shareholders and employees of Cooper Firearms of Montana, Inc would like to issue the following statement.
The employees, shareholders and board of directors of Cooper Firearms of Montana do not share the personal political views of Dan Cooper.
Although we all believe everyone has a right to vote and donate as they see fit, it has become apparent that the fallout may affect more than just Mr. Cooper. It may also affect the employees and the shareholders of Cooper Firearms.

The board of directors has asked Mr. Cooper to resign as President of Cooper Firearms of Montana, Inc.
Daily operations will continue with the competent staff currently in place in Stevensville, MT producing the finest, most accurate rifles money can buy.

Dan Cooper has spent all of his working life producing the highest quality rifles built here in the USA. He started with nothing but the American Dream and built that into firearms company anyone would be proud of. We firmly believe Dan stands by the 2nd amendment.
We wish him all of the best in his future pursuits."

Thank you.
Anyone else in line?.................................................. Chirp Chiiiiiiiiirp Chirp


Update: Dan Cooper tendered his resignation.

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Mark said...

Be interesting to see if he does resign. What a nitwit.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Hyunchback said...

If he's smart he'll take the out he's offered.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Cortillaen said...

Wow. Founder, President, and CEO, and they still gave him a kick in the seat. Good on 'em!

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people have looked into Cooper's business, and it doesn't appear to have a "board of directors." Cooper may or may not have been fired at all. This is just a press release, nothing more.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Holy Cow!

10:52 AM  
Blogger Crucis said...

Isn't Cooper Arms a privately held closed corporation? If that's true, aren't they just exchanging the CEO for another titular figurehead from the same family?

I don't see any change here.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Old NFO said...

I got the same bs response... My response back was you made that bed with him, now lay in it...

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Sean G said...

God forbid he should base his politics off of more than one issue! Sigh.

2:01 PM  
Blogger nature223 said...

hey sean....it's a pretty damn important issue,and WE..not you find it very telling he did that..go back to phoning obama supporters,your a wein

5:04 PM  
Blogger Cossack in a Kilt said...

sean g:

Mr. Cooper is, of course, entirely free to do anything he pleases, especially when it is in accordance with the law.

Just as Mr. Cooper has this right, so do the customers of Cooper Firearms. If the customers of Cooper Firearms find Mr. Cooper's actions to be not to their liking, they are free to boycott Cooper Firearms.

There is nothing wrong with Mr. Cooper supporting the Democratic nominee for president---that is why we have political parties. We do not enforce orthodoxy in America (certainly not in this context).

In the exact same manner, there is nothing wrong with the customers, the potential customers, the "target audience" of Cooper Firearms, likewise, from exercising their freedoms.

I'll go further: if Mr. Cooper is willing to put his political beliefs ahead of his livelihood, that is courageous. I, personally, disagree with his choices. Although I probably would never have bought a Cooper firearms, now I certainly will not (so long as Mr. Cooper remains a significant stockholder).

Sometimes acting on your beliefs comes at a cost. This should not be surprising.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous sean g said...

Alrighty, that's respectable. I too value the 2nd Amendment--in it's true interpretation, not just with duck guns, but with ARMS--however I will not make it my litmus test for a candidate.

Of course, as Cossack rightly pointed out, the customers of Coopers have the prerogative to make their political beliefs, which are directly relevant to their purchases, felt by the leaders of the company.

I don't agree with them, but they have a right to make their views felt this way.

10:44 AM  

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