Great letter, however, I believe he will never give up his 51% of the company. I have been telling everyone I know about this, and they are amazed about it and will do eveything they can to tell others too.
I originally thought this would work itself out and Mr Cooper would step out of the picture. However, I am having my doubts... Yesterday I called Cooper Arms and asked the person I spoke to what was going on as far as Dan was concerned? He said, "It's all still up in the air", in a frustrated tone, which got me thinking... Mr Cooper might be trying to keep his sorry foot in the door until this all blows over.
There are two democratic senators and a democrtaic governor in this state who all support Obama. They are all also probably friends of Cooper and no doubt encouraging him to stick it out. Also, there are a lot of democratic gun owners in Montana (as well as other places), who are supporting Cooper.
To make a long story a little less long, I am asking everyone to let Dan Cooper and Cooper Arms know that we will not tolerate betrayal. Even if you are not a Cooper rifle person, this issue realy has some significant impact in the gun world, that gun owners are supporting the likes of Barak Obama... amazing. Dan Cooper must be told.
I do believe the employees, management and board of directors of Cooper Arms are just like us, at least the vast majority, and are in a very difficult position. Their boss has betrayed them and now they are facing some decisions. I think these next few days or weeks are critical. Let's convince Dan to gitty'ep and preserve a fine rifle comapnay and send a clear message to the gun world.
Last edited by MontanaRifleman; 11-14-2008 at 11:24 AM.
Mark,I don't think Mr. Cooper will ever step away. He me act and make it seem like he may leave Cooper, but I believe he will always be involved no matter what. He is greedy and obviously does not care about his employees, so I believe he will do what ever he can to try and let this pass and keep his 51% of the company. I will make sure and do my part to educate those about Cooper firearms and their support for Obama until I know for sure Mr. Cooper is no longer a part of the company. I know for a fact that the resale value of Cooper firearms has gone done tremendously. I was at the local gun shop the other day, and I told everyone in that shop about Cooper Firearms and their suppport for Obama. So, the word is spreading.
Reeper you may be right, but found out something a little interesting today. I sent a few emails and made a few phone calls. One call was to the local Sportsman's Warehouse - they are a Cooper dealer. I asked him what their policy on this was, and the manager said they were going to continue to sell Cooper Rifles. To them it's the botttom line - if someone wants a rifle, they'll orderit or sell it. He did say they called the company and cancelled all their orders when the news broke because they didn't want to be stuck with the inventory, not because they were opposed to his political leaning. He was under the impression that Cooper was gone from the company, so I set him straight on that and said he should call them. He also mentioned that my call was the first he got saying someone wouldn't support their business if they sold Cooper rifles and that he had gotton several calls just the opposite right after the news broke, that they wouldn't shop SW if they stopped selling Coopers. He also said that the local head of the democratic party went and talked to several of the Cooper employees and they wanted Cooper out. So I believe the board and the employees want him gone, question is will he go? If he stays, it would be very awkward for him as his company doesn't want him.
My guess is that there are a lot of folks that will encourage him to stay and support him and a lot that will boycot him and a lot who don't care. We need to put the pressure on him. I think they will see a significant reduced sales, combine that with a slow economy and that might put them under.
Our Governor, Schweitzer and our two senetors, Baucus and Tester are probably placing orders for Cooper rifles as we type, but I think over all they are going to see a slow down. There are probably a lot of folks, who like me and the manager at SW, thought he was actually going to leave, and he still might, but I'm getting the impression he is having a change of mind. He would be walking away from from many years of building this company.
My view on the gun dealers is, most them are making a living and trying to make a buck, even though they are cutting their own throats by supporting Cooper and Obama.
Anyone reading this needs to contact their dealers and let them know how you feel about Cooper and tell your friends to contact them too. I think these next few days and weeks are critical. If dealers start calling Cooper and canceling orders, it will bring a lot of prssure to bear. Keep in mind that the dealers also have clients who are democrats and support Cooper and Obama.
Would sure like to be a fly on the wall inside the Cooper offices.
Mark, I will do my part to inform those about this situation. I think Cooper will go out of buisness if Mr. Cooper does not step down. If he does not step down, I will do my part to make sure the company does go out of buisness for their support of Obama. I have already had friends lose their jobs do to Obama victory because the company they work for had to down size to prepare for upcoming taxes and other socialist policies he will employee.