*Allegations regarding donations to the Biden Campaign were spread around the internet and social media yesterday. It turns out that it was Guns.com Founder Chris Callahan not Guns.com CEO Greg Minkler who had donated to the Biden Campaign. This article has been updated to reflect this new information.
Guns.com is one of America’s largest online firearms retailers, they ship thousands of firearms around the country and promote themselves as “the easiest place to buy guns online.” On top of being the premier site for purchasing firearms, Guns.com is also a major figure in the 2A publishing space. Guns.com regularly posts updates on major 2A stories and publishes firearm reviews on their website Guns.com/news.
Recently allegations have surfaced that Guns.com is not the 2nd Amendment bastion that many thought it was. It is bow believed that Guns.com founder, Chris Callahan, donated to the Biden campaign. This has surfaced as Guns.com has been rocked with news that the company is requiring all of its employees, even those who work remotely, to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
ArmedAmericanNews recently published the words of a whistleblower from Guns.com, this whistleblower claims that many of the employees were devastated by the news that the company will be firing those who do not receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
ArmedAmericanNews was able to confirm that the whistleblower did in fact work at Guns.com and did request a comment from Guns.com.
The whistleblower, who is remaining anonymous for fear of being fired, revealed that Guns.com sent out a company wide email at the end of September telling all employees that they would need to get the Covid-19 vaccine or they will be terminated on November 15, 2021. The email was sent just before close of business so many employees would not be able to respond.
According to the whistleblower, Guns.com is offering two exemption applications to staff. One exemption is medical and the other is religious.
As ArmedAmericanNews points out, the religious exemption has traditionally been something employers can not touch or dispute, this is not the case here. Guns.com is requiring employees to “identify and explain their sincerely held religious beliefs which preclude the vaccine, in addition to indicating whether you have asked for such an exemption from previous employers, the outcome of that exemption, and the company with which the religious exemption was submitted.” Guns.com also expects employees seeking a religious exemption to explain whether or not they are opposed to all vaccination and “and if not, the religious basis on which you object to the Covid-19 vaccine in particular.”
For Guns.com employees seeking a medical exemption, a list was provided of conditions which are not considered to be valid reasons for opting out of the Covid-19 vaccine. One of the listed conditions you can not opt out of the Covid-19 vaccine for is any autoimmune disorder. Traditionally, having an autoimmune disorder would qualify those with the condition for an opt out, but not when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine.
The whistleblower also noted that these are not real exemptions, these are applications for exemptions. Those seeking to opt out of getting the Covid-19 vaccine at Guns.com must apply to do so and even if they do they might get denied by upper management at Guns.com.
It is also being alleged by the whistleblower that those who do get the Covid-19 vaccine at Guns.com will be given a one time $500 bonus if they are salaried and a $3/hour raise if they are hourly.
The whistleblower caps off their article on ArmedAmericanNews with the following message:
Many newer employees are pissed, while some long-term employees are heartbroken and distraught. All of this seems a bit surreal, especially given the industry in which Guns.com belongs. Gun people are a different breed of people. They understand what freedom means, and they understand how important freedom is in a country that was founded on the principles of freedom. So, how can a company that makes a profit from those who stand for freedom and Second Amendment rights continue to, in good faith, reel in money while stripping their employees of the rights over their own bodies? Maybe because it was never about guns all along, but rather more about money.
When ArmedAmericanNews reached out for comment from Guns.com CEO Greg Minkler, he replies with the following:
Thank you for reaching out. There is no comment on your inquiry.
Interestingly, Guns.com may not fall under President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate. President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate only required employers with more than 100 employees to force vaccination on its employees. According to Guns.com LinkedIn page, the company only has 46 employees and did not fall under Biden’s mandate. Unless the company has more employees that the public is not aware of this would mean that the company has done this on their own without having been forced by the government.
It is now believed that Guns.com founder, Chris Callahan, donated to the Biden campaign. This has not come as a surprise however as information brought out in a piece by the Chicago Tribune’s Christopher Borrelli suggests that Chris Callahan has never been a staunch supporter of the second amendment.