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Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show doomed
gunssavelife.com ^ | 23 January, 2013 | GSL

Posted on 01/23/2013 8:28:21 AM PST by marktwain

Did you have plans for attending the grand-daddy of sports and outdoor shows, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show held in Harrisburg, PA in February?

You might want to reconsider.

The show’s promoters have banned all references to America’s favorite rifle, the AR-15 and those like it. This is the announcement from their website (you can Google it, but we’re not putting any links, hot or not, to the ESOS website):

As a hunting-focused event, we welcome exhibitors who wish to showcase products and firearms that serve the traditional needs of the sport. Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment. However, this year we have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention that would distract from the strong focus on hunting and fishing at this family-oriented event and possibly disrupt the broader positive experience of our guests.

Gun owners are not amused.

They’ve made their voices heard and vendors are pulling out left and right. Literally every hour, big names in the shooting world are pulling out.

(OF Mossberg pulled out as I was typing this report).

They are listed at a Facebook Page entitled, “Boycott the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show”.

The show had about 1200 vendors, according to media reports, and nearly 20% of them have cancelled plans to attend, including big names like Cabelas and the NRA.

So, if you were considering attending, and paying $14 a day for the privilege to walk around and see a bunch of vacant floor space, go ahead and knock yourself out.

You’ll have plenty of room to navigate this year, we guarantee it.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: banglist; boycott; esos; guncontrol; pa; secondamendment
20 Percent down, 80 percent to go. This list of canceled vendors is growing very fast.
1 posted on 01/23/2013 8:28:29 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I don’t attend gun-shows, but fully support and understand those that do.

I couldn’t understand why a gun show wouldn’t allow “assault” rifles to be shown, until I saw that it was a British Exhibition Management company that was involved, and then it all made sense.

They need to be dumped ASAP.


2 posted on 01/23/2013 8:31:44 AM PST by PGR88
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To: marktwain
20 Percent down, 80 percent to go. This list of canceled vendors is growing very fast.

Soon I expect to see the demonization of this industry to the point where it relocates overseas....more loss of American jobs, more stress on the economy, one more step to de-industrialize America, one step closer to Obama's goal of tyrannical communism for the disarmed American people.

3 posted on 01/23/2013 8:35:17 AM PST by Rapscallion (How's that tyranny working out for you now, hmmm?)
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To: marktwain

I gather that it’s a British company of some kind that was sponsoring the show. It seems to be a case of ideology trumping common sense, given the type of people who would usually attend.

Is there some other audience to the extreme left whom they are worried about offending? Because this sure seems dumb to me. Stupid and dumb. You aren’t going to get a lot of effete metrosexuals attending such a show, I wouldn’t have thought.


4 posted on 01/23/2013 8:35:28 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: marktwain
20 Percent down, 80 percent to go. This list of canceled vendors is growing very fast.

Soon I expect to see the demonization of this industry to the point where it relocates overseas....more loss of American jobs, more stress on the economy, one more step to de-industrialize America, one step closer to Obama's goal of tyrannical communism for the disarmed American people.

5 posted on 01/23/2013 8:36:13 AM PST by Rapscallion (How's that tyranny working out for you now, hmmm?)
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To: marktwain

I know I won’t be going.


6 posted on 01/23/2013 8:36:13 AM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: PGR88

This is not a Gun Show per se. Maybe about 20% is guns, the rest is outdoors, Camping, fishing,hunting trips, cloting,log cabins,Gear,timber crusers,food, all sorts of stuff. I will not go this year.
My brother in law used to go every year to see how many of his employees that called in sick were at the show-always got a good laugh whnen they ssaw him.


7 posted on 01/23/2013 8:40:39 AM PST by bt-99 ("Get off my Lawn")
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To: PGR88

This is not a Gun Show per se. Maybe about 20% is guns, the rest is outdoors, Camping, fishing,hunting trips, cloting,log cabins,Gear,timber crusers,food, all sorts of stuff. I will not go this year.
My brother in law used to go every year to see how many of his employees that called in sick were at the show-always got a good laugh when they saw him.


8 posted on 01/23/2013 8:40:58 AM PST by bt-99 ("Get off my Lawn")
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To: PGR88

British, guess they haven’t gotten over that guns and personnel freedom thing from 1776 or 1812 yet.


9 posted on 01/23/2013 8:41:17 AM PST by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: marktwain

The show organizer already has their money for the booth fees.

Good short term for Reed. Long term future business doesn’t look so good.


10 posted on 01/23/2013 8:42:44 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: marktwain

As Ben Franklin noted years ago, American gun owners better hang together or they will be hanged separately.


11 posted on 01/23/2013 8:44:30 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: bt-99

It may not be a gun show per-se but a show like this as like a shopping center, Anchor Tenants that are the real draw. This is especially true here following on the heels of the 2013 Shot Show.


12 posted on 01/23/2013 8:50:14 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: marktwain

“Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment. “

Clearly they would make Goebbels proud with their lies, damned lies, and baldfaced lies.
IF they supported the 2nd Amendment, they would not have changed a darn thing!
So CLEARLY they are baldfaced lying in an effort to promote the current propaganda against the AR-15 platform.


13 posted on 01/23/2013 8:52:46 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: listenhillary

“The show organizer already has their money for the booth fees.”

That’s chickenfeed! The gate is where the money is made. Reed is going to take a bath on this show. And that’s a good thing!


14 posted on 01/23/2013 8:57:03 AM PST by vette6387
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To: listenhillary
The show organizer already has their money for the booth fees.

I fully expect a class action to recover those + damages. You cannot sell exhibitor spots to a car show and then decide, after taking the money, that no "fast cars" will be allowed on the floor.

Reed did irreparable harm to the interests of the exhibitors.

15 posted on 01/23/2013 9:02:54 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: marktwain

The promoters should bill this as:

“THE LAST EASTERN SPORTS AND OUTDOOR SHOW”


16 posted on 01/23/2013 9:17:48 AM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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To: marktwain

In most companies 20% of the merchandise generates 80% of the Sales.

Same is true with suppliers. The top 20% of the vendors account for 80% percent of sales.

Yes, Scotty, it is dead.


17 posted on 01/23/2013 9:28:42 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: marktwain

The NRA/GOA and others should picket outside too


18 posted on 01/23/2013 9:32:44 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: listenhillary
With a large number of big names not being there, the unions won't be getting their fees bribes for "assisting" with the exhibitors' set ups.
19 posted on 01/23/2013 9:33:25 AM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Cicero

Rumor has it that sponsors Progressive Insurance and Comcast pushed Reed into making this decision. Although if true, they probably didn’t have to push too hard.


20 posted on 01/23/2013 9:33:25 AM PST by SAMWolf (Looking for my generations Lexington and Concord.)
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To: Darksheare

“Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment”....

Yeah I love that line of BS too!!....
It is clearly evident that they do not!


21 posted on 01/23/2013 9:34:36 AM PST by Daryl Dixson (Remember Fast and Furious)
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To: listenhillary

Cabellas has filled a lawsuit resquesting a return of their money based upon the contract. I expect more to follow.


22 posted on 01/23/2013 10:38:32 AM PST by Newbomb Turk (Freedom is my F word.)
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To: marktwain

The bottom has fallen out on the Brittish company Reed.
Theses bloody Brits are finished.


23 posted on 01/23/2013 10:40:37 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: listenhillary

It is possible that a class action lawsuit will be filed by vendors.
Of course that does not help them short term, but long term Reed is finished.


24 posted on 01/23/2013 10:43:52 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: marktwain

Suicide with the jawbone of an ass!


25 posted on 01/23/2013 11:07:51 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: marktwain
this year we have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention

Wanting to avoid drawing negative attention?

I think they really messed up in their approach to that.

26 posted on 01/23/2013 11:16:37 AM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

they make their decisions based on the media climate?

idiots


27 posted on 01/23/2013 11:18:33 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: marktwain

Haha!

So sad, too bad.


28 posted on 01/23/2013 11:37:37 AM PST by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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To: marktwain

Any news about these companies:

Colt
Remington
Marlin
Beretta
Winchester

Bushnell
Leitz
Zeiss
Swarovski
Other optics companies (binos, scope, range finders, red dot sights

Brownell’s


29 posted on 01/23/2013 11:49:11 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: listenhillary

They may be able to sue. Some enterprising attorney can find a case in this. Sue, sue, sue!!! Force the limey’s to eat up any profit they had hoped to make, in legal fees.


30 posted on 01/23/2013 12:06:57 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Covenantor
Any news about these companies ...

Here is a link to the list of those that have pulled out as of noon eastern time:

http://mynortheastoutdoors.com/esos-boycott-supporters/

31 posted on 01/23/2013 2:23:18 PM PST by CedarDave (Matt Damon is to natural gas fracking as Jane Fonda is to nuclear power generation.)
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To: marktwain
Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment.

**********************************

Liars.

32 posted on 01/23/2013 2:25:14 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Stillwaters
Ping for keeping track of the good guys

The show had about 1200 vendors, according to media reports, and nearly 20% of them have cancelled plans to attend, including big names like Cabelas and the NRA.

33 posted on 01/23/2013 2:31:32 PM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: marktwain

The guy that runs their US operations lives in Connecticut. He graduated from Baylor and started his career in journalism. I would be extremely surprised if he isn’t a lib.

Also, they are part of Reed Elsevier Group, a huge media conglomerate, and they show strong growth in their exhibition business. Hopefully this will damage that growth a bit, but I strongly doubt it will see them change their euroweenie attitude.


34 posted on 01/23/2013 2:43:03 PM PST by Ironfocus
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To: marktwain
Have been going to that show twice a year most years since the late 1990's.

Now suffering withdrawal symptoms...gladly...

Lots of smaller shows in south-central PA...Hopefully this allows them to expand their attendance base..

Even if those marxist scumbag brits recant, I'm not sure I'll go back to their Farm Complex show again. Too bad. Was definitely one of the best shows in the Nation.

35 posted on 01/23/2013 3:56:10 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: CedarDave

Thanks much for the link. Repeating.

http://mynortheastoutdoors.com/esos-boycott-supporters/


36 posted on 01/23/2013 3:59:29 PM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: listenhillary

———The show organizer already has their money for the booth fees.———

They also have the contracts for using the space, for labor union services etc etc. They have big trouble


37 posted on 01/23/2013 4:06:19 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: marktwain

The ONLY major sponsor left is Progressive Insurance, see bottom of their home page:

http://www.easternsportshow.com/

The last time I check, over the weekend, there were 4 major sponsors - 3 have now left. Progressive is suspected of having caused this little problem in the first place, as they are an extreme LEFT-WING organization using insurance as a business front (much as Islamic terrorists use ‘charities’).

I sure as heck HOPE that there are no more FReepers still using this criminal enterprise - but if you are, PLEASE CANCEL as soon as you can, and let them know why. That is the ONLY WAY this FReeper will forgive you.


38 posted on 01/23/2013 5:04:49 PM PST by BobL
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To: BobL
The original sponsors were Progressive, Comcast, Cabella's and The Outdoor Channel.

Cabella's dropped out on principle before the boycott movement really got moving. For that they deserve credit - and our patronage. I plan to drive all the way to Goodyear this weekend just to buy... something.

The Outdoor channel must have gotten absolutely hosed with e-mails from people asking why they paying for The Outdoor Channel as a "premium service" when the channel was sponsoring this. Their dropping out is predictable.

Comcast is a different story. In a lot of places they are a virtual monopoly and have a very left wing board. Gun owners have very little leverage with Comcast. The only reason I can think of for them to bail is that they don't think many people are going to show up.

Would love to know what hotel bookings are like in the Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Hershey area for the weekend of the show compared to last year.

39 posted on 01/23/2013 8:02:44 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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To: marktwain

Right On!!

It was just cancelled (or their words “postponed”)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2981391/posts

(BTW, Progressive insurance is connected to George Soros and moveon.org among other liberal/leftwing entities:

http://washingtonisbroke.com/content/Progressive-Insurance-Cancel-your-policy


40 posted on 01/24/2013 8:15:57 AM PST by CedarDave (Matt Damon is to natural gas fracking as Jane Fonda is to nuclear power generation.)
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To: marktwain

Postponed. They are feeling the pinch of siding with the anti-liberty gun grabbers. Moronic decision, one I wonder if they can recover from. I hope our Congressmen and women are paying attention!


41 posted on 01/24/2013 8:18:09 AM PST by EagleInGA
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To: marktwain

Postponed. They are feeling the pinch of siding with the anti-liberty gun grabbers. Moronic decision, one I wonder if they can recover from. I hope our Congressmen and women are paying attention!


42 posted on 01/24/2013 8:18:28 AM PST by EagleInGA
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To: Cicero
Reed Exhibitions wiki page says they are "an events organiser, with a portfolio of approximately 500 events in 39 countries including UK, USA, France, Germany, Brazil, Russia, India, China, Australia and the Middle East". They do 35% of their business in Asia.

I'm going to guess that they will just drop being the event organizer for this particular show in the future.

43 posted on 01/24/2013 8:27:53 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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