Not Free Speech

A few weeks ago we published an ad like we always do, with a variety of papers in the Fraser Valley region, for our annual Pre Christmas sale. We’ve been doing this for close to a decade. Shortly after we published this ad a letter was written to The Chilliwack Progress defaming our company and stating that our ad was “proof” that we were selling guns to gangs in the region.

Here is a link to the letter in question:

https://www.theprogress.com/opinion/shocked-by-gun-ad/

Now, I’m a huge believer in free speech but accusing a business like mine of committing a criminal act is not, to put it mildly, playing nice. I asked for the paper to retract the comment and issue an apology. We can disagree on a wide variety of issues and debate them openly but we don’t get to accuse others of committing crimes in the process.

Unfortunately, my request fell on deaf ears.

So that leaves me with one last option.

It is my sincere hope that this issue will still be resolved. I have always had a good relationship with The Chilliwack Progress and I would like it to continue. But this has to be fixed.

Sincerely,
Scott Carpenter, Owner – International Shooting Supplies Ltd.

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