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A Cultural Misunderstanding: The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show
fieldandstream.com ^ | 24 January, 2013 | NA

Posted on 01/24/2013 5:32:07 PM PST by marktwain

For a number of years, I visited the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The show, which is held in a hideous rambling building originally intended to handle livestock, is a genuine monster. For a solid week, people in the tens of thousands come from near and far to grope sporting goods, book hunting and fishing trips, attend demonstrations, and generally see what is what.

ESS, as it will hereinafter be referred to, is put on by Reed Exhibitions. Reed is the world’s largest organizer of trade shows and the like; the firm handles 500 events in 39 countries in all phases of industry, and included among its clients are the SHOT Show. And, oh yes, Reed Exhibitions is British.

The Brits have never really understood America, and this centuries-old tradition was carried on in a manner that would have made King George III proud when Reed decided that MSRs—Modern Sporting Rifles, or ARs if you prefer—were not appropriate for the ESS and would not be present this year. (They were very much present at the SHOT Show because there, NSSF and not Reed says what will and won’t be exhibited.)

When this decision was promulgated, ESS exhibitors bailed—lots of them, and big ones, Cabela’s and NRA to name only two of the more than 200 who said cheerio.

The NSSF, in a statement released today, said that it had tried to tell Reed management The Way Things Are in the United States, but that the talks had reached an impasse. NSSF also said that they will reconsider whether Reed will continue to run the SHOT Show.

So, today, having seen the handwriting on the wall, or the tea in the harbor as it were, Reed announced that the ESS is being postponed. On the show’s website is the following statement, which I’m quoting here. It comes from one Chet Burchett, Reed Exhibitions President for the Americas:

“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. 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. It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.

“ESS has long been proud to participate in the preservation and promotion of hunting and fishing traditions, and we hope that as the national debate clarifies, we will have an opportunity to consider rescheduling the event when the time is right to focus on the themes it celebrates.”

I think Mr. Burchett and Reed Exhibitions are going to have a long wait until that time comes. It’s a shame they couldn’t have spoken beforehand with King George III about what the colonists are like.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: banglist; constitution; eastern; easternsports; esos; ess; guncontrol; harrisburggunshow; reed; reedexhibitions; secondamendment
I find the lack of media coverage amazing. We have everything necessary for a great news story. British company dabbles in American politics, perhaps trying to curry favor with the administration.

American grass roots response by boycott is immediate and massive. A huge show, with over 200,000 attendees is shut down because the Brits will not back down.

This in the middle (likely because of) some of the most hotly contested political issues in years.

Not a peep from the old media. Why is this not covered in the New York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS....

1 posted on 01/24/2013 5:32:18 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I nisunderstood so badly that I went to Wideners and bought a 12 gauge rabbit ears SxS today.


2 posted on 01/24/2013 5:37:18 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: marktwain
Liberals are losing and this will be an angry three months for them.
3 posted on 01/24/2013 5:37:43 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: marktwain

The Democrraps are noting carefully what happened. The frequent recurrence of the complaint in the Declaration of Independence,”He hath sent hither a swarm of officers to eat out our substance” is being noted inside the Beltway.

Now the “clingers” are not just bitter, they are armed and working in unison.

‘Tis enough to give a Democrap a bad case of ‘the vapors’.

;-)


4 posted on 01/24/2013 5:40:20 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: marktwain
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.

I call BS. The decision was made solely for one reason: political correctness.

5 posted on 01/24/2013 5:45:23 PM PST by randita
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To: marktwain

The British misread and misunderstood American cultural about 235+ years ago, at Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill, Trenton and Yorktown.

Same mistake in 1814.

Slow learned these fops be.


6 posted on 01/24/2013 5:48:58 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: GladesGuru

Dumb Commie Dems need only look at the shelves in the sporting goods stores nationwide.

Has nothing to do with “hunting” has everything to do with freedom and the 2nd Amendment. It is about defying a despotic central government, like all Americans before us.

Of course Obozo does not have a clue, he is NOT ONE OF US!


7 posted on 01/24/2013 5:49:02 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: marktwain
This was intended simply as a product decision

How do you say bulls@!t in British English? Poppycock??

It is interesting that a British company decided to insert themselves into this conflict in such a high profile, public way, given the historical events around Britain and gun-grabbing in the former colonies of North America.

8 posted on 01/24/2013 5:49:02 PM PST by Moorings
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To: marktwain

Two things are now clear

It ain’t about hunting

And it ain’t about fishing.


9 posted on 01/24/2013 5:50:11 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: marktwain
a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.

Weird. Apparently your decision affected a larger percentage than you want to admit.
10 posted on 01/24/2013 5:52:24 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: marktwain

NSSF Statement on the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show
January 24, 2013

We have just learned that Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.

In the days following Reed Exhibitions’ announcement that modern sporting rifles would be prohibited from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, the leadership of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has been in intense, frank discussions with Reed Exhibitions management in an effort to reverse this unacceptable decision. These discussions reached an impasse.

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 (though Reed manages the SHOT Show, all SHOT Show decisions, policies and actions are made at NSSF’s direction).

Because of Reed’s recent actions, NSSF is considering all options regarding the management of future SHOT Shows.


11 posted on 01/24/2013 5:54:09 PM PST by servo1969
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To: marktwain
It is my sincere hope that this is the small spark that galvinizes patriot Americans and grows in intensity and organization leading right up to the 2014 elections.

It is clearly obvious that Obama’s strategy is simply to overwhelm our senses by throwing every issue out there. (Turning Texas blue, Gun Control, Immigration, Women in Combat, etc.)

The intent is to throw Conservatives off balance so we run scatter shot into many directions on many issues and never really having a measurable impact on anything.

We need to realize what Obama is doing and not fall for every diversion. Some things we'll have to let go until we regain the Senate and the White House. Obama will certainly win some battles, but we must not let him and the Fascist Left win the war.

12 posted on 01/24/2013 5:58:51 PM PST by Obadiah (America is Babylon)
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To: marktwain
It is my sincere hope that this is the small spark that galvanizes patriot Americans and grows in intensity and organization leading right up to the 2014 elections.

It is clearly obvious that Obama’s strategy is simply to overwhelm our senses by throwing every issue out there. (Turning Texas blue, Gun Control, Immigration, Women in Combat, etc.)

The intent is to throw Conservatives off balance so we run scatter shot into many directions on many issues and never really having a measurable impact on anything.

We need to realize what Obama is doing and not fall for every diversion. Some things we'll have to let go until we regain the Senate and the White House. Obama will certainly win some battles, but we must not let him and the Fascist Left win the war.

13 posted on 01/24/2013 5:59:05 PM PST by Obadiah (America is Babylon)
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To: marktwain

Contacted groupon today. no more business from me until they “make up their mind” on their ban. they thanked me and will forward my email to the management.
contact groupon !!!!!


14 posted on 01/24/2013 6:10:49 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: marktwain
“Our original decision...was made in order to preserve the event’s historical focus on the hunting and fishing traditions enjoyed by American families. 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.

“It is unfortunate that...this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.

If it's such an infinitesimal proportion of the exhibits that were going to include the guns in question, how would the liberal bed-wetters even have noticed?

15 posted on 01/24/2013 6:17:12 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: marktwain

The show, which is held in a hideous rambling building originally intended to handle livestock,

It’s still designed to handle livestock. I’ve shown cows there when I was young. It is also used for a number of other events such as the state homeschool convention. Maybe the writer should stick to hanging out in “pretty” buildings.


16 posted on 01/24/2013 6:19:44 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: marktwain
"It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage "

Some kind of sour-grapes / try-to-shift-the-blame / left-handed 'apology'...
17 posted on 01/24/2013 6:19:44 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: marktwain
I find the lack of media coverage amazing. We have everything necessary for a great news story.

You answered your own question. To talk about this, they'd have to take time out from all propaganda all the time.

Why is this not covered in the New York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS....

Doesn't fit the agenda, comrade, and second, it wasn't in today's top stories feed from DNC headquarters.

18 posted on 01/24/2013 6:20:40 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: marktwain

The MSM is a full partner in Gangster Govt Inc.

They’ll never ever report a story that can shed a bad light on The One and his regime.


19 posted on 01/24/2013 6:24:58 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: GladesGuru
Now the “clingers” are not just bitter, they are armed and working in unison.

‘Tis enough to give a Democrap a bad case of ‘the vapors’.

Snort! Keyboard bath! Good thing it was only water!

20 posted on 01/24/2013 6:31:13 PM PST by aragorn (We do indeed live in interesting times. FUBO.)
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To: Travis McGee

Yes.
I identify early 2008 as the time when the MSM moved from “liberal bias” to “full partner” with the progressive coalition.


21 posted on 01/24/2013 6:32:28 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Obadiah
100%
22 posted on 01/24/2013 6:32:48 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: muir_redwoods

Amen!

Never was. That point needs to be driven home hard.

Just imagine that you are a Revolutionary veteran, returned to the homestead after the Conflict. You were issued an M-1776 flintlock complete with scary bayonet by the Continental Army, and left the weapon you carried with the unit armory as you returned home to the plot of land and your family in PA.

As things congeal post-war, are you:

1. Concerned with your right to continue hunting rabbits and squirrels or grouse?

2. Concerned that soldiers of some various militia or organized army might commandeer your farm and goods?

3. So comfortable with the new word-of mouth developments that you wish to cheerfully disarm and trust a fledgling government?

4. Seeking out your own M-1776 complete with bayonet so that you and your homeboys never get caught pants down again?

Many people seem to think this is all water under the bridge. If it weren’t for the privateers we’d have lost. The citizens must retain arms sufficient to resist the government, wayward militias, criminal and pirates and any other threat to freedom.

Oh yea, we want to shoot ducks too.


23 posted on 01/24/2013 6:33:10 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: marktwain

I love the smell of smouldering red coats in the morning!

24 posted on 01/24/2013 6:34:05 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: marktwain
So, today, having seen the handwriting on the wall, or the tea in the harbor as it were...

Just that. God help us if it comes to Lexington and Concord, but it's looking an awful lot like it.

It is unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for those interested in hunting and fishing.

And here is the cultural disconnect. An emotional reaction to political bullying and government oppression is precisely what we are seeing here and it is not only entirely justified, it turns out to be more widespread than our putative betters assumed. It isn't simply a "small percentage", it affects everyone, even people who do not own firearms but hold dear the notion that the government cannot do anything its current employees desire.

One wants to plead, "Don't go here," but progressive statists are drawn to the issue like moths to a flame. I don't see this ending well.

25 posted on 01/24/2013 6:43:30 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: randita
I call BS. The decision was made solely for one reason: political correctness.

They made a bad decision.

Then they compounded it by lying about why they did it.

That needs to be an expensive proposition.

26 posted on 01/24/2013 6:43:30 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: marktwain
They still don't get it, do they?


27 posted on 01/24/2013 6:50:01 PM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: marktwain

Bookmarked.


28 posted on 01/24/2013 7:01:18 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: marktwain

Article title:
“A Cultural Misunderstanding: The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show…”

OK, I’ll accept that it was a “cultural understanding” by Reed Exhibitions.

Live and learn. Now, get lost. And don’t come back.

(Didn’t you guys learn anything from that “cultural misunderstanding” back around 1776?)


29 posted on 01/24/2013 8:17:38 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: NonValueAdded
They still don't get it, do they?

They never will.

30 posted on 01/24/2013 8:51:43 PM PST by SIDENET (I've drawn my line in the sand.)
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To: Road Glide
OK, I’ll accept that it was a “cultural understanding” by Reed Exhibitions.

And then they chose to dig in their heels, flip us off, etc., and thus compounded their problem.

They may FOAD.

31 posted on 01/24/2013 8:53:47 PM PST by SIDENET (I've drawn my line in the sand.)
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To: Travis McGee
i got the same email form letter reply from the paper you did...
32 posted on 01/25/2013 5:03:03 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mountainlion
The vote hasn't been cast yet. The debate hasn't started yet.

I am certain the GOP will cave, and many on this site will cheer, because Obama will offer something on spending for a weapons ban.

33 posted on 01/25/2013 8:07:28 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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