Mike Rowe responded with class and an open invitation to an irate fan who slammed him for his appearance at a gun show.
The actor, from Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and the CNN series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” was blasted for hanging out with a “bunch of gun nuts” Tuesday at the 2017 Shot Show State of the Industry Dinner in Las Vegas.
Rowe shared the fan’s letter, criticizing “too much faux patriotism surrounding the second amendment,” on his Facebook page.
“I can’t believe you’d risk your good name associating with a bunch of gun nuts. You’ve lost a fan,” Marla wrote.
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Rowe responded like a gentleman.
“It’s true, I’ll be in Vegas this week, addressing a roomful of people who like to shoot guns,” Rowe wrote on the 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 there, I’m going to make sure I see my friends at The SEAL Family Foundation.”
In his friendly, conversational tone, Rowe told Marla about the Foundation and their efforts on behalf of those involved with Naval Special Warfare. He recounted how he asked the SEAL team to take his employees through an “accelerated small arms training session” which he thought was incredible, he said.
Rowe noted “how remarkable it is to see people who have never even held a gun go from uncomfortable, to tentative, to comfortable, to very comfortable, to empowered. One day Marla, I hope you’ll have the opportunity to experience something similar, and listen to the stories of people who use guns to protect us.”
He added that though he and Marla had “a difference of opinion” on the second amendment, “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. 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.”
Rowe concluded his note to Marla with a challenge, and an invitation.
“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,” he wrote. “Either way, it’s nice to have choices, don’t you think?”
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No word yet on whether Marla took Rowe up on his offer, but over 97,000 fans liked the post which garnered nearly 7,000 comments.
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