An Alabama gun store owner found himself on the receiving end of death threats after posting a Veterans Day rant on Facebook that accused American vets of terrorizing other countries.
Michael Schuette of Anniston, who never served in the military, posted the rant early Tuesday morning after becoming angered by some of the Veterans Day posts he saw from other Facebook users.
“For my yearly Veterans Day speech, to all veterans, you are not heroes. You got paid to learn how to fight and kill for profit. You served your leader. You followed the rules and made it out of whatever country you terrorized alive,” he wrote, according to WCFT.
The post, in which Schuette said that veterans “got a check and a holiday,” went viral quickly.
So did the backlash.
Schuette received “1,400 emails, 200 text messages and hundreds of voice mails,” WCFT reported.
Some of the messages hinted at threatening his life.
“Right now, If I were you, I would go underground,” one caller told him.
Schuette wrote that veterans had never fought for his freedoms despite the fact that his grandfather and stepfather served in the military.
Even his best friend is currently enlisted.
“He’s so mad at me right now about this post he won’t talk to me,” Schuette told WCFT.
To his credit, Schuette appears to have learned a lesson.
“I did not mean for it to come out. My anger was misplaced,” Schuette told the station. “I’m angry at the machine that sends our children to war senselessly.”
“I’ve spent the last 12 hours on the phone with veterans all across the nation who have called me, let me know their feelings and told me their stories,” he added. “I am very humbled. I am very apologetic. I have taken down the post.”
Watch the report here from WCFT:
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