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Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show: What Postponement of the U.S.'s Largest Gun Show Says About America.
The media is missing the real story behind the “postponement” of the largest outdoor show in America. This is a story of ignorance, bias and a gross misunderstanding of America and Americans.This unfortunate fight began when Reed Exhibitions, a British events organizing company, announced that firearms and products associated with modern sporting rifles (guns the media has given the dubious label “assault rifles”) wouldn’t be allowed at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The show was scheduled to begin on February 2 in Harrisburg, Penn.Reed Exhibitions prohibition also extended to images of modern sporting rifles. They wanted to whitewash a firearm category with Orwellian zeal from the show because they deem these semi-automatic rifles to be too militaristic for civilian use. They mandated this ban at America’s largest outdoor show, a show that regularly attracts 200,000 outdoor enthusiasts and pumps an estimated $44 million into the region’s economy. . .
The backlash was fast and grassroots. Reports that companies were pulling out of the show quickly began to snowball. Cabela’s, a major sponsor (Cabela’s has a store in Harrisburg), was one of the first to announce it wouldn’t participate. Soon groups like the National Rifle Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and companies like Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Crimson Trace, Trijicon and many more started to publicly announce they were canceling plans to attend in protest—this despite real costs to their bottom lines.