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NRA boycott kills outdoors show that banned assault weapons
Washington Examiner ^ | Modified: January 24, 2013 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 01/24/2013 10:19:45 AM PST by Texas Fossil

A massive boycott sparked by the NRA and other gun-rights groups outraged that the nation's largest outdoors show banned the exhibition of assault weapons has caused the show's organizers to abruptly cancel the week-long event in Harrisburg, Pa.

The successful boycott was the biggest demonstration of support by the outdoors industry yet against gun control efforts being pushed in Washington and in several states.

"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. The show was scheduled to take place February 2-10 in Harrisburg, Pa.," the organizer said in a statement Thursday.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: assault; banglist; boycott; esos; guncontrol; gunshow; nra; reed; reedexhibitions; secondamendment; weapon
I think the number of vendors who refused to attend as planned is much larger than stated in the article.

I am not sure that the NRA is the force behind the boycott, but an industry reaction to Congressional insanity in DC.

Tip of this iceberg is all that is showing in the media. They have not acknowledged the scale and scope of the public reaction to Congress Critters and the Liar-in-Chief.

1 posted on 01/24/2013 10:19:50 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

Good.

They felt the heat.

Maybe, just maybe, they’ll see the light.


2 posted on 01/24/2013 10:21:56 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: Texas Fossil

I’m sure the left are smiling anytime a gun show is cancelled....for whatever reason.


3 posted on 01/24/2013 10:22:28 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Texas Fossil

No kidding. The NRA was among the later dropouts from the show.


4 posted on 01/24/2013 10:24:15 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Texas Fossil

Texas Fossil ~:” I am not sure that the NRA is the force behind the boycott, but an industry reaction to Congressional insanity in DC. “

NO !!
It was NOT the NRA...
It was : “ WE ,THE PEOPLE” who support and defend the Constitution !


5 posted on 01/24/2013 10:24:37 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Pay attention - the inmates are RUNNING the asylum!)
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To: Texas Fossil

Shows that there are many more gun owners and new buyers than the corrupt communists realize. We are in the final stages of putting up with the communists taking over America. The dam is breaking.


6 posted on 01/24/2013 10:24:49 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Texas Fossil
" . . . its decision to limit the sale or display of modern sporting rifles (also called ARs) . . ."

Already back-tracking.

7 posted on 01/24/2013 10:26:32 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Texas Fossil

Despite all the howls from the left, this would be the first thing the NRA actually was involved in killing.


8 posted on 01/24/2013 10:32:31 AM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: Huskrrrr
I’m sure the left are smiling anytime a gun show is cancelled....for whatever reason.

It wasn't so much a gun show as it was a gun-ban show. I think the message is loud and clear, and it isn't being lost, even on stupid dems who are up for reelection next year.

9 posted on 01/24/2013 10:35:04 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Texas Fossil
Credit where credit is due. Cabela's delivered the first staggering blow to the show. Good on 'em.
10 posted on 01/24/2013 10:35:20 AM PST by ProfoundBabe ("Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other." - OW Holmes)
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To: Texas Fossil

Ban Beer at Oktoberfest and see how many show up.


11 posted on 01/24/2013 10:35:37 AM PST by Morris70
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To: Texas Fossil

Good for those who took a stand!


12 posted on 01/24/2013 10:40:45 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Texas Fossil

The NRA came late to the party. I recall that a number of smaller vendors started the avalanche with Ruger or Cabelas being the first major sponsor to back out. What the NRA did was cause this story to hit the major news outlets. Once that happened, and the greater sporting/defense community who is not as news savvy as people on FR became aware of the 2A attack, it was all over but the crying for ESOS.


13 posted on 01/24/2013 10:42:47 AM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Morris70
Ban Beer at Oktoberfest and see how many show up.

Well put.

14 posted on 01/24/2013 10:43:03 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: ProfoundBabe

bump


15 posted on 01/24/2013 10:43:37 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

As my Dad used to tell me... “Screw with the bull, you’re gonna get the horn!”


16 posted on 01/24/2013 10:44:28 AM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: Texas Fossil

It’s interesting that Reed would rather cancel the show than just cancel their policy on AR-15s.


17 posted on 01/24/2013 10:47:46 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Pls...everyone continue to keep up the pressures. Im doing my part by email and phone calls from outside the USofA.
Take a stand and dont back down!


18 posted on 01/24/2013 10:55:49 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Texas Fossil

HOW TO MAKE A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL

This is a foolish move by the promoter, Reed Exhibitions.
For all practical purposes a postponement means the death of the show.
Their original decision was troublesome.
They compounded that with a decision that is disastrous.

Exhibitors plan and schedule their shows many months in advance and will already have commitments to other shows nationwide in coming weeks.
It will be impossible for Reed to reschedule a show of this magnitude on relatively sort notice.

All they had to do is say that in fairness to exhibitors and buyers they had decided to delay any policy changes and will restore the original rules and guidelines and lift the arbitrary ban on AR style rifles for this show.

Exhibitors had to deposit money up front to reserve table space. Now they will demand the deposit money be refunded.
If it isn’t promptly returned, the resultant lawsuits will keep lawyers busy for years.

Additionally, some exhibitors may decide to sue for expenses incurred and damages because they could have attended other shows if they had not been committed to the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.


19 posted on 01/24/2013 10:56:02 AM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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To: PapaBear3625
It’s interesting that Reed would rather cancel the show than just cancel their policy on AR-15s.

Doubling-down on stupid.

-or-

Fear of becoming a target to the leftists.

-or-

Don't want to be the first penguin off the ice floe...

20 posted on 01/24/2013 11:00:45 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: PapaBear3625
It’s interesting that Reed would rather cancel the show than just cancel their policy on AR-15s.

They probably had trouble getting Obama and the BATF to stop the pressure on them to ban AR's.


21 posted on 01/24/2013 11:02:21 AM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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To: Texas Fossil

Now the space is available, who wants to put on an Outdoors and Sporting show??? I want in with anyone picking up the slack with a week to go.


22 posted on 01/24/2013 11:13:05 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: Texas Fossil
This was a commie attempt to split the hunters, sports shooters, and outdoorsmen from the 2A Americans.

Reed went along with this and should be bankrupted for the effort.

The important development is not that the NRA boycotted the show, it's that so many general outdoor suppliers (Cabela's) boycotted, and so many "hunters" and "sports shooters" supported them.

Personally, since the 1970's, I have refused to purchase "sporting goods" of any kind from any brick and mortar store that does not sell firearms.

As a sportsman, I refuse to be separated from the strictly 2A Constitutionalist, it is simply a Marxist Alinsky tactic to allow the crocodile to eat you only after the 2A patriot is eaten.

23 posted on 01/24/2013 11:21:48 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Yes, I picked up on the “Modern Sporting Rifles” term as well.

Use - control, actually - of language and terminology is critical in any sort of policy debate. “Assault Rifle” is a highly negative term with a lot of baggage and perception associated with it.

It’s high time we stopped ceding the language of the debate to the other side. Adopting - embracing - “Modern Sporting Rifle” is an excellent place to start.


24 posted on 01/24/2013 11:29:35 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: Texas Fossil
I am not sure that the NRA is the force behind the boycott, but an industry reaction to Congressional insanity in DC.

The NRA isn;t the only source of information on gun rights anymore, the Internet has made things like this more "grass rootsie"... The press doesn't get that though, they act as if the NRA is coordinating everything pro-gun.

25 posted on 01/24/2013 11:39:50 AM PST by Kenton (Wounded Warrior Project, a charity worth supporting - Donate today.)
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To: ScottinVA

Yep. Understand.

Question is where you get it. hee hee hee


26 posted on 01/24/2013 11:47:59 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Huskrrrr
I’m sure the left are smiling anytime a gun show is cancelled....for whatever reason.

Exactly. They are just as happy that the show was canceled as we are.

27 posted on 01/24/2013 11:58:04 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: ScottinVA
Ref: Horn(s) on a bull.

Can't remember how long ago it was, but I remember seeing a photo, where there was a sign on a corral / paddock. Something like below.

If you can only run across the corral / paddock in under 6 seconds, don't enter. The BULL can do it in 3.5 seconds.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!


28 posted on 01/24/2013 12:19:10 PM PST by Stanwood_Dave ("Testilying." Cop's don't lie, they just Testily{ing} as taught in their respected Police Academy.)
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To: Texas Fossil
I am not sure that the NRA is the force behind the boycott, but an industry reaction to Congressional insanity in DC.

I think you're right.

I'm not a member of the NRA any more.
Any boycott I take part in (as a consumer) has little to do with them.

I'm just a regular jane who won't allow these bitches to steal her rights.

I'm also a person who buys (or doesn't buy) their products
29 posted on 01/24/2013 12:28:37 PM PST by novemberslady
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To: ScottinVA

Good outcome. Thanks to those vendors who stood together and put principle over profit.


30 posted on 01/24/2013 12:38:02 PM PST by Brownie63
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To: novemberslady

What you said, Lady.

Molon Labe!


31 posted on 01/24/2013 12:42:30 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: null and void; All

“It’s interesting that Reed would rather cancel the show than just cancel their policy on AR-15s.”

I think this was an ideological decision for them. I looked on their website earlier, and they were bragging about the first conference to train travel agents to handle LBGT special needs.

I also saw a report, later, that they are a subsidiary of a British/Dutch publishing firm, who had been protested against to drop all their “military” shows, and who had promised to do so.

They could have easily avoided this by blaming it on miscommunication or a bad decision by a lower level manager. The fact that they did not shows me that this was instigated by top level management.


32 posted on 01/24/2013 12:58:50 PM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Texas Fossil
The representative gets it right

Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino said he was disappointed in the cancellation, and blamed Reed Exhibition's gun ban. "The decision represents yet another attempt to undermine protections guaranteed to all Americans under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and it restricts the ability for law-abiding citizens to purchase legal firearms that are increasingly being used for hunting in a number of states. I encourage Reed Exhibitions to swiftly reverse its decision and for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to take steps to ensure that all future events of this nature held at the Farm Show Complex are held in a manner that respects the Second Amendment rights of all Pennsylvanians."

33 posted on 01/24/2013 2:16:24 PM PST by the_daug
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To: Iron Munro
And, it is a near certainty that at least some of the sponsors spent big bucks on display materials and equipment for this show -- some of which may not fit in other venues.

RIP, Reed Exhibitions. If the market remains lucrative, companies who are in tune with America will take your place...

34 posted on 01/24/2013 3:16:16 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: marktwain
LOL! My 8th-grade granddaughter just read this, and her comment was,

"Way to go --nice way to commit business suicide!"

Funny how it takes a high-priced board of directors to make a dumb@%% decision that a 14-year-old can spot instantly...

What exhibitor in their right mind would pour big bucks and expectations into a future Reed show -- knowing full well they very well might make another last-minute decision that could leave you with nothing but expensive losses?

~~~~~~~~

"It's dead, Jim!"

35 posted on 01/24/2013 4:12:39 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: Texas Fossil
Thanks for the thread, though I take it that Examiner Paul Bedard came very late to the story.

The NRA was one of the last entities to join in - it was started by several Military Style Rifle Manufacturers being rejected by Reed, and then Cabella's and other big names followed suit. As usual, the NRA waited until it determined which way the wind would blow for its decision before taking the plunge. (And I say that as a Life Member - they are consummate politicians!)

Note too -- Reed tries to label the guns as "modern sporting rifles", and calls them MSR later in their excuse. All of the rants we've seen from the misguided sheeple prattling their socialist mentors mention that they are only against the use of Military Style Rifles, not Modern Sporting Rifles. As I understand it, there are no military-designed or built single-bearer weapons that did not start out as a civilian creation.

36 posted on 01/24/2013 4:31:04 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank

Thanks for the explanatory comments. All you said sounds very credible to me.

In my opinion, NRA would be more effective without the effort spent annoying members.

ILA is quite another thing.

They do good work. Have been defending our 2nd Amendment for many many years.

Yes, they can be 800 lb. gorillas. Thank God for that.

We the people are the last vanguard to our liberties. The POLs who oppose us should remember we actually do vote. Some do. Others become brazen at times and normally pay dearly for those diversions.


37 posted on 01/24/2013 5:14:50 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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