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It’s Not 1994 Anymore

In case you haven’t been keeping up with Sebastian and Bitter, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show decided to cave to the sudden anti-gun political pressure and prohibit exhibitors from displaying any politically-incorrect rifles or equipment:

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.

I suppose this wasn’t unexpected. In the past, the anti-freedom coalition has managed to drive a wedge between us by claiming to not be threatening the guns of sportsmen and hunters. Sadly, this was historically not only effective on individuals, but companies as well. It’s a matter of record that the arbitrary 10 round magazine limit was originally suggested by Bill Ruger (as 15 rounds) to compromise his main competition, the Glock 17, while leaving his 15 round P85 safe. Colt also neutered their AR-15s in a vain attempt to forestall any bans. And how many of our own have voted for Democrats in the hope that their guns will get banned last?

What I did not expect was the breadth and depth of the resulting boycott. Exhibitors of all stripes have been falling all over themselves to withdraw from the event. I honestly wonder what there will be left to see at the show.

But post-Zumbo, in the age of the Internet and true grassroots feedback, not only have the firearms companies held strong together, probably losing some sales money in the process, but so have Cabelas and other sporting goods retailers, bowhunting suppliers and even the bass boat people have chosen to stand with us.

This isn’t the time to get cocky, but do not let the opposition get you down either. The strength of the NRA and the pro-freedom coalition is not that we have the guns, but that we have numbers, and are real, flesh and blood people. The opposition is supported only by government bureaucrats, Joyce fund money and their pathetic lackeys and fanclub. We can defeat them, but we must remain engaged until the end.

And above all, do not tolerate any Quisling or backstabbing.

Don’t ever take sides against the family again. Ever.

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  1. Bitter | January 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    It’s definitely not the time to get cocky. I actually messaged the boycott page admins to see if they would be willing to put out a bit of PSA type post to the 16,000+ followers and remind them to contact their lawmakers to oppose this kind of ban in legislation, too. I gave them a couple of links for finding and writing lawmakers (NRA-ILA & Ruger), and there’s been zero response. None. Not a single post has gone up on that topic even as the anti-gunners in the Senate is set to launch their PR battle tomorrow.

    So, yeah, we’re still a long ways from feeling anywhere near comfortable. Our people love a good boycott, but the same folks haven’t really been promoting the idea of contacting our lawmakers while we’re at it.

  2. BS | January 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Right on. Our side is always first to boycott some one or something for “the cause.” I believe it is because it’s easier to not spend your money at a certain anti 2nd amendment venue than it is to lift a finger and copy a form letter and email it off to state and federal officials.