I think its insane that the reasoning behind unbanning weapons is so that we don't alienate the non-competitive community.
1) You think the non-comp community keeps tabs on what the ETF2L and ESEA comp situation is like? You think they're gonna be like "oh-shit guys, they've allowed bonk! Lets go try it!" no. I doubt they even know that these leagues and this website exists. The only ones who do are from b4nnys stream, and lets be real thats not a lot of viewers and people. Sorry but theres a lot more people currently playing competitive (ETF2L/ESEA) than there are pubbers watching his stream.
2) Stop being so focused on the outer community. The game is like 11 years old now, poorly optimised for todays computers and has no support from valve. They're not going to give a shit now. They've literally just fucking released a card game. They do not care for the competitive value of this game.
3) We "alienate tons of players" YOU'RE ALIENATING THE FUCKING COMPETITIVE COMMUNITY AT THE MOMENT WHO HAVE PLAYED AND SUPPORTED THIS GAME FOR YEARS. These players are FAR more important than the prospective players that would come to the game due to unbanning. People have spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars for this game and developed a shit tonne for this game on their own. Stop alienating those who care already.
This game is going nowhere, but its not dying either. The people currently keeping this shit alive are the ones currently saying that this is a bad idea.
Edit: If the game is getting "stale" and "stagnating" thats your own issue. Maybe its time for YOU to stop playing rather than forcing others to play with dumb shit they dont want to, to spice up your life.