Head Down co-Founder and CEO David Hunsucker was appalled to hear the recent statements made by Pope Francis regarding gun manufacturers being hypocrites.
“Head Down is a Christian company,” he said in response to Pope Francis. “Our company was started on faith in Jesus Christ and we strive as an organization to live up to those beliefs.”
“We are not afraid to say that Head Down Products is a Christian company.”
Pope Francis was quoted as saying:
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it,” essentially stating that one cannot both be a Christian and in the firearms industry.
“This is yet another attempt to demonize not only me, but my company and our beliefs,” Hunsucker added.
He stated that he was naïve early in his walk with the Lord. “It took losing everything I own to realize that He has a plan for my life. He has known what I was destined to do in life before I was born and His plan for me is perfect.”
Head Down Products feels that Pope Francis and the news media reporting this story are failing to report that firearms for many people are a way of life. They provide food for a family that cannot afford to buy meat from a store or provide income to a family that serves in the security industry, as well as provide for an age old tradition of sport shooting.
“It is saddening to see firearms demonized in the press in the manner that they are,” Hunsucker said, referencing an array of recent media which has painted the industry in a bad light. “We have a heart problem, not a gun problem.”
“If we can focus on fixing the hearts and minds of people, we can change the world.”
When asked why he felt it necessary to respond to such criticism, he replied “I feel the firearms industry has stayed idle under scrutiny for too long. Guns built America under the grace of God. Yes, you can be a Christian and make guns too. I am a living testament to that.”
Hunsucker remarked in closing, “What makes his [Pope Francis] message hard to digest is the fact that he hides behind a wall of security with armed guards.”