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Shooting Themselves In The Foot--Again?
- Letters: Gun Show Boycotts Unwittingly Help Gun Control Efforts -- Harrisburg Patriot News
Cabella Inc. and other perpetrators of gun violence and death are boycotting the annual outdoor and sportsmen show in Harrisburg. Why? Because they cannot be affiliated with anyone or any organization that does not support the Second Amendment. . . .
Catering To A Few
After a week of protests and vendor pullouts, likely under the orders of the National Rifle Association and the gun manufacturers that it represents, the annual Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show was indefinitely postponed.
To those who accept the NRA's rhetoric, this is an example of the groups power. A show, designed for hunters, etc, that decided that exhibits of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, etc would not be allowed. To them, this was an attack on the 2nd Amendment.
But look at this from the perspective of someone who does not see the world through a sight. We had a show that for those who enjoy the outdoors; with exhibits of fishing, archery, taxidermy, and expeditions. The group that organized the show, perhaps out of respect for the victims of Newtown, Connecticut, wished to exclude exhibits from manufacturers of weapons that seem to be designed for no purpose other than for an insurgency. Who needs a 30 round magazine to hunt a deer. or to protect their home?
And what of those who enjoy the outdoors in other ways? Those who come to the show to check out the latest fishing rods, reels and lures, or try the newest bow and arrow, or take to the water in canoes and kayaks?
Perhaps the solution is to have two events. One for firearms, complete with the anti-government rhetoric that is becoming the stock and trade of the NRA, etc, and another for those who prefer to fish, use a bow and arrow, or even hunt with a camera.