Thursday, January 24, 2013


I told you over the weekend about the trouble Reed Exhibitions was having with its Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, scheduled to take place February 2-10 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In response to the Sandy Hook shootings, Reed decided that exhibitors would not be allowed to display assault weapons -- a decision that, as of Sunday, had led to angry denunciations by likely attendees and the withdrawal of a principal sponsor.

As it turns out, a total of 307 vendors pulled out of the show. Ruger pulled out. The NRA pulled out. And now Reed has issued this statement:
Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone, for now, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show given the controversy surrounding its decision to limit the sale or display of modern sporting rifles (also called ARs) at the event....

"Our original decision not to include certain products in the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show this year was made in order to preserve the event's historical focus on the hunting and fishing traditions enjoyed by American families," said Chet Burchett, Reed Exhibitions President for the Americas. "In the current climate, we felt that the presence of MSRs would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests. This was intended simply as a product decision, of the type event organizers need to make every day.

"It has become very clear to us after speaking with our customers that the event could not be held because the atmosphere of this year's show would not be conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment...."
The gunners do not compromise. The gunners do not engage in give-and-take. The gunners laugh at your silly public opinion and your pitiful grieving families.

The National Shooting Sports Federation also weighed in. It says it "has been in intense, frank discussions with Reed Exhibitions management in an effort to reverse this unacceptable decision." Why?
NSSF is in no way affiliated with, nor does it participate in or exhibit at this show in any way. Reed Exhibitions does, however, manage the NSSF-owned SHOT Show....

Because of Reed's recent actions, NSSF is considering all options regarding the management of future SHOT Shows.
The annual SHOT Show is "the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries." This year's edition took place last week in Vegas, with attendance of more than 60,000 people. The NRA had three booths; Bushmaster had two. Ted Nugent denounced the president at the SHOT Show. It's a really big deal in this world.

But if you mess with the gunners -- if you dared to consider the broader public's disgust with the gun culture and still expect to work with them -- well, the gunners will have "intense, frank discussions" with you, and will find themselves "considering all options" regarding whether you will ever do a dime's worth of business with them again.

So ... you still think Wal-Mart might express support for White House efforts to change the gun laws?


Victor said...

The sex-toy industry must be SOOOO jealous!

If only they were as successful at selling large strap-on dildo's to the pecker-impaired men, they could be getting a couple of thousand dollars for "Home Satisfaction Equipment," like a platic pecker the size of a tank turret for Bubba to belt on, to impress and satisfy Bubbette.

Ah, but the point ain't to satisfy Bubbette!
It's for Bubbette to satisfy Bubba - even if it takes as long as 20 to 30 seconds, before he comes, and goes to sleep.

Philo Vaihinger said...

If you said Reed backed down I missed that. Wal-Mart's owners might grow a pair, too. We'll know when we see which way they go.

Dean Weingarten said...

I am glad to see that you covered the Reed Exhibitions suicide in the United States. They valued making a political statement more than they valued their business here. The could have easily repaired their gaffe, but they chose not to and suffered the consequences.

As for the Gun Culture no longer compromising and backing down, I think you are correct. We have had enough of that to last another century. Every "compromise" that has been made in the last 75 years has been one sided, to the Statists benefit.

Some compromises that would be acceptable would be doing away with the insane restrictions on gun mufflers. The system in Finland would be a good model. There, suppressors or silencers, as they are called in the United States, and the ability to make, buy, and sell them, is considered a constitutional right.

Similarly, the utterly stupid restrictions on shotgun and rifle barrel lengths need to be eliminated.

So, there really is considerable room for compromise, but none of it is acceptable to the citizen disarmament types.