Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tsai Steps Down

It is with deep sorrow that I announce I am stepping down as editor of Recoil, effective immediately.

It is very difficult for me to walk away from something I helped create, something that I loved doing, and something I firmly believed would appeal to a fresh new generation of gun enthusiasts, but I accept that the comments in my story in the current issue have made my position as editor of Recoil untenable.

With that said, Recoil is bigger than any one person, and if my departure will allow Recoil to continue to grow and engage gun enthusiasts, then stepping down as editor is clearly the right thing for me to do.

I accept I made mistakes, and I apologize unreservedly for calling Recoil’s support for Second Amendment rights into question.

While I understand the passions aroused over this incident, the deeply hurtful words from some of my fellow gun enthusiasts have been painful to endure. I hope now we can all move on.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have supported me over the past few days. These are the people who know me to be at heart a passionate gun enthusiast whose dream was to make something bold and new in firearms media.

Jerry Tsai

I don't know how much of it was pressure from the publishers (you don't lose a giant chunk of ad revenue overnight and just ignore it...) but I think this is the right first move in trying to save a publication.


Trevor C. said...

I will bet any money that he does step down from Editor but he will still be in some way part of the mag still.

Fred said...

I don't know. I have a feeling it was a "well, you can quit, or you can let us fire you..."