A few days ago,we let you know about an internal letter from the President of Hornady to the company's employees. The letter from Steve Hornady greatly encouraged its recipients to take the shot mandated by President Biden, despite there being no real legal force behind it currently. In one part of the letter, Steve said:
…it goes way beyond a health measure… But there is nothing we (and ultimately you) can do to avoid this.
The thing that “we” [Hornady] could not avoid in Steve's estimation were the threats of a $14,000 fine per employee who didn't capitulate. The thing “ultimately you” couldn't avoid, would be termination from Hornady if you didn't do what President Biden said.
The response toward Steve Hornady for that letter was overwhelmingly negative. Of course, we don't encourage hatred or personal attacks against someone for what they believe. However, we encourage voicing an opinion respectfully when we perceive something is wrong.
Many of you reached out directly to Hornady to air your disappointment and posted on their social media sites. So apparently, there is something we all can do to stand up against this nonsense. And it starts by self-assessing what we really believe in and stand for.
I am not an insider, but I also imagine that internally, employees voiced their displeasure with the decision.
Guns and Gadgets posted today that they obtained a new employee memo. The statement from Steve Hornady attempts to clarify the original memo. Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of the message and have not confirmed it.
However, according to Guns and Gadgets, the memo is authentic and reads as follows:
To all Hornady employees,
October 26, 2021
From Steve Hornady,
Regarding Clarification of the October 11 Memo:
We (Hornady Manufacturing) most specifically are not mandating, requiring, demanding any employee get a vaccine. That is purely a personal decision. We are sorry that we gave that impression. The reason for the memo was to let you know that we would have vaccines available during our annual health screening. We did not, nor are we mandating a vaccine. We are sorry for the worry this has caused. Your job is not in jeopardy.
A non-Apology – Apology is still a win:
So right off the bat, this is good for the employees of Hornady.
They no longer must worry that they would lose their job if they didn't get the shot, as was clearly stated in the original letter.
We do not want you or us to be faced with career devastating decisions in the final days before this mandate is in effect.
It is good for the company as a whole.
While ammo demand has been high and they undoubtedly were on track for “another great year,” the fallout from this decision would most assuredly hit Hornady in the pocket, potentially leading to layoffs and people losing jobs anyway.
I think it is also a win for Steve Hornady personally.
I realize, and anyone who compares the two letters sees, that Steve's letter isn't exactly an example of taking accountability. It is clear that the intent of the original letter was not just about letting employees know the shot would be available.
However, regardless of the motivation, in the long run, Steve Hornady made the right decision. Steve Hornady's history as the president of the company bearing his name has been positive.
I Think Steve Hornady Made a Mistake in Judgement:
In fact, he did stand up against selling ammo to local governments who openly oppose individual gun rights. Consider this post from May 2, 2018.
Perhaps like us, this difficult time is a chance for Steve Hornady to grow as a leader. We are all leaders in some circle of influence.
In addition, I hope that this experience brings a closer bond between Steve Hornady and the employees, who are integral parts of whats made Hornady a well-respected company in the industry.
Call to Action:
If you are reading this post, I ask that you share it just as vigorously as the post about the unfortunate stance Steve Hornady took originally. We just want to disseminate the truth, good or bad.
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