Taran Butler is a monster on the 3-gun course and makes gear that has lightened to many of our collective wallets—yet we run back for more. He turned his love for the shooting sports and experience into Taran Tactical specializing in Glock conversions. He also trained Keanu Reeves for the movie John Wick.
Butler’s participation in the shooting sports and successful firearms business are both dependent on a healthy respect for the Second Amendment, which Taran Butler has, but one of his sponsored shooters went rogue during an interview.
Rochelle Hathaway ‘was’ one of Taran Tactical’s sponsored shooters was working his booth during SHOT 2018. Later that day she gave a Glamour magazine reporters an interview. The reporter, Laurel Pinson was interviewing women during the SHOT show for the article, “We Asked Real Women at the World’s Biggest Gun Show: Why Do You Own a Gun?” Shockingly, here were Hathaway’s answers:
Why do you have a gun?
I was originally given a gun as a gift. I went out shooting once, and I happened to be naturally good at it. I was 20 at the time. I’ve done sporadic competitive shooting. I have a lot more fun with it—I’m in it more for fun than competing.
What do you say to people who question the value of a private citizen owning a gun?
I think that if there were less guns, there would be less shootings, period. If the government came in and decided to take the guns away, I wouldn’t be mad about it. I think it’s important to be able to feel safe in your home, but you don’t need more than three guns. You don’t need to own a semiautomatic weapon or a silencer.
When mass shootings or school shootings happen—like the one this week—does it ever make you rethink your position?
Going to the Second Amendment, I don’t think they had AK-47s and everything else in mind [when they imagined] the right to bear arms and protecting yourself. At SHOT show, you can kind of see how much it’s evolved into thousands and thousands of people dumping millions and millions of dollars into the industry…. I guess I’d say it’s almost unfortunate people think that they need so much.
It’s not much of a surprise, but upon learning of Hathaway’s response, Taran Tactical severed any ties between the two. However, the damage was already done. The Glamour article is already making the rounds with gun control advocates and the picture of Hathaway wearing a Taran Tactical shooter’s shirt is not helping.
To Taran Tactical’s credit, it immediately took to social media with a sincere response to the controversy:
We were surprised to see an article recently published in a beauty magazine quoting a promotional model and friend of our company, Rochelle Hathaway, who made certain impromptu statements to a reporter during Shot Show.
We were unaware of the interview, and we did not condone the interview or the statements made by Rochelle. Rochelle has never been authorized to speak on behalf of our company or its founder, Taran Butler. As of today, we have cut all professional ties with Rochelle.
While we respect everyone’s right to free speech, Rochelle’s statements were inappropriate and do not represent our company’s vision and beliefs. We have and will always support Second Amendment rights, and we will continue to educate and promote the safe, legal ownership, and handling of firearms.