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LOS ANGELES In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, the Discovery
Channel confirmed this week that "American Guns" starring the Wyatt family and
their Coloradobased business Gunsmoke Guns would not be renewed for a third
season. FOX411 spoke exclusively to the firearm experts turned reality stars
Rich and Renee Wyatt, who say they are far more distraught over the Sandy Hook
school massacre than their show's fate.
"This is the neighboring town of where I was raised. I bought my first car in
Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut, and we are devastated by what happened,"
family patriarch Rich Wyatt told FOX411.
"We have some very strong ties to the Connecticut community. My husband was
born and raised there. It is absolutely devastating," said Rich's wife, Renee.
"I started crying when I heard about what had happened. Every single day we pray
for those people in Connecticut. Our business has definitely been affected in a
very positive way, but that by no means cancels out or overshadows how we feel
about what happened. It is absolutely tragic; and we are deeply saddened for
The Wyatts said that sales at Gunsmoke Guns, like other gun stores across the
country, have spiked significantly since the elementary school shooting, with
customers stocking up ahead of what they Isabel Marant Sneakers Sale fear will be increased gun control in the near future.
"People are totally, totally concerned about this and they are going out and
getting all the guns, ammunition, and all the high capacity magazines and
concealed weapons permits that they can," Rich said. "They are signing up for
training to learn how to use guns."
The Wyatts also addressed the criticism their show received in social media
that "American Guns" celebrated gun culture in a dangerous manner.
"The people that think our show glorified a gun culture in a negative way,
they are just wrong, and it is hard to get through to those people. Those people
are the same people that go to watch all the blockbuster movies that represent
guns in a really a negative fashion. In our show specifically, we always
promoted very safe and responsible gun handling," Rich insisted. "As a matter of
fact, it is one of things we really pushed on the show. And we always come
forward with training. You need to have a gun in the house, but you need to know
how to responsibly and safely use it."
As coverage of the Sandy Hook tragedy, in which 27 people including 20 small
children were massacred by a lone gunman using his mother's legally purchased
firearms, dominated the media and spurred renewed debate on gun control,
Discovery who cited low ratings and not the Newtown tragedy as the reason why
"American Guns" was dropped also confirmed that rocker/progun activist Ted
Nugent would not be back on the network. The ratingssteady "Sons of Guns" is not
on their program schedule either, although the network has not indicated whether
or not it will return for a fourth season.
Rich said he has been hearing from fans who don't want to see their favorite
shows taken off the air.
"If you look at Discovery Channel's Facebook page it has just blown up with
complaints from Americans wanting to see ['American Guns']. I just hope they
bring it back," he said. "The show has opened doors that were never open to us
Rich and Renee Isabel Marant Etoile who insist they had a very positive experience and have no hard feelings toward the network said they have not been contacted by Discovery
at all and read about their cancelation like everyone else.
"We are not even sure (that we're not coming back.) They could come back and
reup us at any time," Rich said. "And you never know with the outcry from people
right now, they may want to bring us back. There has been quite an upheaval from
people that want to see 'American Guns' for season three."
And if Discovery doesn't do an aboutface, the Wyatts are willing to go
elsewhere. Isabel Marant Sale
"I think America is starving to see 'American Guns,' and we have so much more
story to tell. This thing could go on for years and years and years, I hope that
we can continue this relationship with Discovery Channel. They brought us to the
table on this and we are very loyal people. And we would like to continue with
them," Rich added. Isabel Marant Sneakers "But if they don't, we have already had plenty of calls from other people that would like to show this on their channel. Someone else will
pick it up if they don't."