Mike Rowe just gave the perfect response to a “lost fan” who attacked him for his appearance on Tuesday night at a gun show in Las Vegas.
The host of “Somebody’s Got To Do It” dealt with criticism this week for hanging out with a “bunch of gun nuts” and participating in the 2017 Shot Show State of the Industry Dinner. In the letter the person called him out for participating in the promotion of “faux patriotism surrounding the second amendment” and said he was risking his “good name” before signing off that he had lost a fan. (RELATED: Mike Rowe: Media Wants To Impact Election By Labeling Trump Voters ‘Uneducated)
“It’s true, I’ll be in Vegas this week, addressing a roomful of people who like to shoot guns,” Rowe wrote on his Facebook page. “I’m not sure what I’m going to say yet–probably the same thing I tell anyone who invites me to discuss the various ways we might close America’s skills gap. But one things for sure–while I’m at there, I’m going to make sure I see my friends at The SEAL Family Foundation.” (Mike Rowe: Celebrities Only Encourage Their Fans To Vote So Liberals Will Get Elected)
Rowe then said he asked the SEAL team to walk his employees through a small training session and said how incredible it was to watch people who were uncomfortable holding a gun to being very comfortable and “empowered” by the opportunity.
“One day Marla [the irate fan], I hope you’ll have the opportunity to experience something similar, and listen to the stories of people who use guns to protect us,” Rowe said. “Obviously, you and I have a difference of opinion regarding the role of the second amendment in modern society. But thanks to the first amendment, we can express our differences in whatever way we prefer.”
“We can criticize those with whom we disagree, or we can try to persuade them,” he added. “We can make a case as to why we believe what we believe, or we can simply announce our disappointment to the world, as though our feelings alone are enough to justify our beliefs. As for you Marla — you can either stomp off in a cloud of righteous indignation, or you can accompany me to the SHOT Show as my guest, and see what all the fuss is about.”
“Either way, it’s nice to have choices, don’t you think?”