An Alabama gun shop employee is backing away from controversial remarks he made in a Facebook post on Veterans Day.
Michael Schuette said he became angry while reading social media comments praising veterans for their service and posted remarks that have angered people all over the U.S.
"OK, for my yearly Veterans Day speech...to all vets...you are NOT hero's," Schuette posted. "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."
"You got a check and a holiday," he continued. "YOU NEVER FOUGHT FOR ANY OF MY FREEDOMS!!!!! You fought for corporate interests...You never sacrificed for this country...You did so for your government owners...You did nothing for American citizens...YOU WANNT MEET HERO's???? Well, shake hands with CIVILIAN EMTs, nurses, firefighters, lawyers and anyone in the ACLU...Please feel free to add some more hero's below but Veterans are you NOT American hero's."
The Anniston man said he has received 1,400 emails, 200 text messages, and hundreds of voice mails from military supporters who were upset by his comments.
"Next time don't bite the vets hands that feed your freedom of speech....they bite back," one person posted on the company's website.
He eventually took the post offline, although Yellowhammer News preserved a screen capture, and said he has been apologizing ever since he posted the remarks.
"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,” Schuette said. “I am very humbled. I am very apologetic. I have taken down the post.”
Some of the messages he’s received contain apparent threats against his life and health.
Schuette, whose grandfather and stepfather served in the military, said he did not intend to personally disparage veterans.
"I did not mean for it to get out,” he said. “My anger was misplaced. I am angry at the machine that sends out children to war senselessly.”
Schuette said his best friend, who’s currently serving in uniform, was also deeply angered by the post.
"He's so mad at me right now about this post he won't talk to me," he said.
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