Correspondence to Cooper Arms

Discussion in 'Politics Of Hunting And Guns (NOT General Politics' started by MontanaRifleman, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    The following letters are emails that I have sent to Cooper Arms in the last couple of days. My hope is to convince Mr Cooper to completely withdraw fron Cooper Firearms of Montana and to preserve the company itself. I encourage others to do the same, to email and call Cooper Arms and to also speak to you friends and gun dealers. I am sure there are negotiations going on now and I want to help influence that process.

    Mark
     
  2. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    To Whom It May Concern,

    I was very shocked and disappointed to learn of Dan Cooper’s contributions to the Obama campaign for President. I was conversely very glad to see the swift response and action of your board of directors in asking for Mr. Cooper’s resignation and his agreement to do so. Although I respect Mr. Cooper’s right to his political views and support of any candidate he chooses, I am very bewildered by his choice to support Barak Obama who is now the President Elect of our country. President Elect Obama has a very clear anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment record. As a gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment, I am concerned that a gun enthusiast and manufacturer such as Mr Cooper, who throws his support to a demonstrated anti-gun candidate, can significantly erode and harm gun owner privileges in this country, as it sends a very confusing signal to those might believe that Mr. Obama poses no threat to our privileges. His record and candid statements are very clear.

    As I stated earlier, I am glad to see the action taken by the company to correct this breech of trust by Mr. Cooper. I think that Cooper Firearms of Montana makes a fine rifle and I hope and plan to support your company in the future, however, I would like to know that your company is completely severing its business relations with Mr. Cooper and that he is dissolving all of his interests and holdings in the company. I do not want to think that my support of Cooper Arms will in turn support Mr Cooper whom I believe supports a president that is committed to removing the many great privileges our constitution provides for us, gun ownership being only one. I can assure you that I am not alone in this sentiment. I am an active member of two online shooting forums and have read many threads from others. I am also a life member of the NRA.

    In order to reestablish trust with your supporters and clientele, I think it is important that the Cooper Arms Company takes some clear steps in severing its ties with Mr. Cooper and affirming its support of our constitutional freedoms based on the recently transpired events.

    I do not demand, but humbly suggest that your company completely sever its relations, including holdings with Mr. Cooper and make this public and transparent.

    I also suggest that your company make a strong and clear statement reaffirming its commitment to our Second Amendment privileges and that you in no way support President Elect Obama in regards to his position on gun ownership freedoms.

    I know your company has been thrust into a very difficult situation. I believe swift and decisive action along these lines will go a long way in reestablishing trust with your supporters.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Mark Weiser
    Bozeman, Mt
     

  3. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    For the attention of Mr. Dan Cooper

    Dear Sir,

    I respect your right to your political views and freedom to support any political candidate you choose. However, to say that I am dismayed with your support of Barak Obama would be a gross understatement. President Elect Obama’s anti gun record is very clear and very contradictory to statements he made during his campaign. His candid statement which was caught off record behind close doors reveals his true sentiment. I quote, “And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion …”

    I believe your highly visible position as a gun maker, shooter and hunter make your decision to support Barak Obama all the more damaging to 2nd Amendment rights. Your support sends the mistaken message of trust for Mr. Obama and his party. We will undoubtedly see anti gun executive orders as well as legislation in the near future as Mr. Obama steps into his role as President assisted by a Democrat controlled congress. Thankfully we have an organization like the NRA to resist that.

    In light of these developments, I will not support Cooper Firearms of Montana as long as you are involved in any way, including holding shares, and I can assure you that I am not alone in this sentiment. This is not an easy decision for me but very clearly one I have to make for two reasons. First, I do not want any money I use to purchase guns to go to a business or individual that supports political persons and parties that have clearly shown themselves to be a threat to Second Amendment rights. Second, to do so sends a convoluted message of trust for those who want to strip our Second Amendment rights.

    You have worked hard to build a fine company that produces fine rifles. I know a decision to leave your company would be very difficult one. But this is what I am recommending to you if you want the company to be preserved and the jobs of your employees secured. I will be posting this letter on shooting forums and sharing my sentiment with your gun dealers. I won’t be doing any business with dealers who are doing business with your company as long as you are involved in any way and I will let them know that. Once again this is not an easy decision. I do not want to see your employees loose their jobs, but the fall out of Barak Obama’s presidency will likely cost many gun related jobs to be lost.

    I will cling to both my guns and my faith.

    Your reply in this matter is certainly welcome.

    Respectfully Yours,

    Mark Weiser
    Bozeman, Mt
     
  4. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    Mark---like the last letter. Well written!!
     
  5. MontanaRifleman

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    Thanks Boss, I really would like to see the company preserved. They make a fine rifle.

    Your idea to buy him out is a good one. I would be willing to participate, but business has been real slow since spring.
     
  6. Scott S

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    The employees of Savage Arms bought the company.....why can't the employees of Cooper? I agree with Boss, the employees should buy out the company to preserve their jobs and the firearms. If they don't, and Cooper goes out of business because of all of this, some other small gun maker could/will step up to the plate and fill that gap left by Cooper.

    Very well written letters, Mark, and the second one was especially direct and to the point!
     
  7. jwp475

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    Well Done, MontanRifleman [​IMG]
     
  8. TheReeper

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    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.
     
  9. mjbine

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    Great letter and good job! :)
     
  10. MontanaRifleman

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    Thanks for the comments guys,

    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.

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
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  11. TheReeper

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    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.
     
  12. MontanaRifleman

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    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.
     
  13. TheReeper

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    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.