The anti-gun movement has never been shy about wanting to put gun-related businesses out of business, regardless of who they hurt and what families they starve in the process. And anti-gun social media organizations like Facebook and Twitter have always been happy to do the dirty work for them. But this past week a new villain has entered the dirty world of unconstitutional attacks on the firearms industry – enter Instagram.
It all started when TJ Kirgin, CEO of the firearms parts company, Tactical Sh*t, went on The Blaze with Tomi Lauren and had a lengthy and detailed conversation about how Facebook had taken their company’s page down from Facebook without any explanation. After some phone calls and appeals, Facebook reinstated Tactical Sh*t’s page. But within hours of TJ walking off The Blaze’s set, his Instagram page with over 220,000 followers was not only taken down, but deleted. It might be worth mentioning at this point that Facebook owns Instagram. For the record, Tactical Sh*t does not sell guns – only gun parts. They also don’t post crude or inappropriate posts. This account deletion was 100% unprovoked.
Now most people may be thinking, “Big deal, create another page”. As with many companies who do a majority of their business online, TJ and Tactical Sh*t rely heavily on Instagram and Facebook to generate and provide sales for the company. In fact, TJ told me via a phone call that they can directly attribute over 20% of their company’s business to their Instagram account. So Instagram just “deleted” 20% of Tactical Sh*t’s business – for no legitimate reason. Unless you count their personal fear and hate of firearms as a legitimate reason.
TJ and I spoke at length about the rigorous path he and Tactical Sh*t have forged since 2013 to get to where they are today. Interestingly, TJ – a former law enforcement officer – is actually one of the first LE officers in the country to carry an AR-15 after the 1997 North Hollywood shootout where eleven police officers and seven civilians were shot. At that time, police officers were typically armed with 9mm pistols or .38 Special revolvers and the occasional 12 gauge shotgun.
Keeping with his connection to the law enforcement community, TJ and Tactical Sh*t boast a workforce made up of over 50% law enforcement as well as military veterans. TJ mentioned to me that many of those former LE and military employees are fearful of attacks against Tactical Sh*t costing the company business and eventually employees’ jobs. “When I walked in to the office and announced that Instagram had deleted our 220,000 plus follower account,” TJ explained, “the guys’ faces just showed defeat as they’ve seen this happen before with Facebook.”
I asked TJ his thoughts on this and other similar attacks on innocent, hard working
Americans who run completely legal and legitimate companies like his. He quickly answered, “Well, I wish an American social media company would rise up and give companies like ours a place to go.” I took it upon myself at that very moment to remind him that Gun District (www.GunDistrict.com) was created for that very reason. We expect to see TJ and Tactical Sh*t on Gun District very soon brining their business to the thousands of responsible gun owners already on there.
To visit Tactical Sh*t, go to shop.tacticalshit.com.
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UPDATE: As of 8:52 PM on Friday, August 19, it’s reported that Instagram has turned Tactical Sh*t’s account back on. Again, with no explanation. Please follow them on Instagram at @Tacticalsht.