Now is The Time to Unite Not Divide!

Posted: January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
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There is a but of a stink going on that isn’t getting much talk. It seems that the same events company (Reed Exhibitions) that puts on SHOT Show has had a change of heart and is giving the big EFF YOU to the largest part of the firearms industry by no longer allow the scary “Black Rifles” or “high-capacity magazines” to be displayed at its events from now on. Just to take it one step further they will not allow them to be depicted in their brochures or other advertising.

This is all coming to a head over the ESOS. (Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show) Just like any other outdoors show it usually allows a wide assortment of outfitters and manufacturers to be side by side in one venue for all sportsman to enjoy. Well not this year.

Why this now? Why was it ok to show these weapons of mass murder (insert heavy sarcasm) to be showed to the credentialed special folks and not to the lowly civilians? What does the National Shooting Sports Foundation have to say about this? Well they started out good…..

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation strongly disagrees with the decision of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show’s management to disallow the display and sale of Modern Sporting Rifles at its 2013 exhibition. In our discussions with Reed Exhibitions, we have made this very clear.”

Then it ends ugly….

“We urge industry exhibitors and attendees to participate in the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show as planned and encourage attendees to visit the Reed Exhibitions booth at the show to share their concerns and to then enjoy the show.”

So let me get this straight, the organization whose motto is “To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports” is telling us to play nice with folks who are thumbing their nose at our rights? With good reason Ruger, Smith & Wesson, and Cabela’s (one of the major sponsors) have pulled their support from the ESOS. Many celebrities have pulled their support and canceled their appearances and workshops. Lee and Tiffany Larkosky of the Outdoor Channels “The Crush” came out with a statement yesterday,

“This was a hard decision, not because of the show and what they did, but that we wont have the opportunity to talk and shake hands with the fans that will be at the show that doesn’t completely support the Second Amendment.” Lee went on to say, “I don’t know why the NSSF would promote this ban just to please one vendor out of twelve hundred. Anyone who believes this isn’t a big deal is wrong. It is a bid deal because this is where it starts. There’s a reason for the Second Amendment and we all need to band together and stand behind it.”

He makes a great point. We as a firearms community need to stand together. There cannot be any more of the Us vs Them, Hunters vs Shooters. This battle is aimed at both groups. If any hunter believes that it will start and end at the black rifles you are sadly mistaken. The anti-gun side knows that one little chip off the block of our rights will lead to another chip, then another, and each time it gets easier and easier. And whether you want to believe it or not all roads lead to the same end game, confiscation. Look at New York and their crazy anti-gun year so far. Their Governor has even came out and stated it’s an option. This is not another battle over gun-rights, this is the war. The reason the ani-gun crowd is going all out is because they know this is their final stand. They see this as their great moment! They have the graves of 20 innocent children to dance around and soap box from to tug at the heartstrings of the uniformed americans that gave us a second Obama term.

After seeing all this ESOS fiasco it reminded me that we need to unify and fight the true enemy and not each other. The NSSF is trying to play the middle man when they need to be picking a side, OUR SIDE, and stop supporting a clear enemy to our rights as gun-owners.

Again contact your reps both federal and state. The last numbers I have heard was from Friday and it was 9-1 in our favor on the federal level but we need more. You can use the Ruger form letter that I talked about yesterday to get it done quickly. Also don’t forget to subscribe with email and Like us on Facebook. I’m still checking all my options for another giveaway at another milestone number of subscribers so the faster we gain the sooner someone is going to catch another great prize.

Remember to join in the fight and know who we are really fighting against,


  1. […] you have been a reader from nearly the beginning you will remember the mention of Reed Exhibitions. Long story short Reed Exhibitions made a LOT of money putting on the most exclusive show of the […]

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