Show Shuts Down.Gun Owners Boycott a Huge Outdoors Show.

Written by Gary North via The Tea Party Economist

The good guys have won a big one.

Savannah Boat & Outdoor Show 2012Savannah Boat & Outdoor Show 2012 (Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District)

The annual Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show normally attracts 200,000  visitors. It earns money from 1,000 exhibitors.

Last week the  British firm that owns it decided to ban all visible  references to assault weapons, so called. No sales, no advertising, nothing.

A boycott began. The NRA canceled. Then hundreds of exhibitors canceled.  There were lots of stories about the boycott, as you can see  here.

The politically correct Brits who thought they would jump on the gun control  bandwagon have announced that there will be no show . No show, indeed!

Here is the official  announcement. This will cost the company a pile of money. I detect a whining  tone. Maybe you will, too.

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.

“Our original decision not to include certain products in the Eastern Sports  and Outdoor Show this year was made in order to preserve the event’s historical  focus on the hunting and fishing traditions enjoyed by American families,” said  Chet Burchett, Reed Exhibitions President for the Americas. “In the current  climate, we felt that the presence of MSRs would distract from the theme of  hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests. This was  intended simply as a product decision, of the type event organizers need to make  every day.

“It has become very clear to us after speaking with our customers that the  event could not be held because the atmosphere of this year’s show would not be  conducive to an event that is designed to provide family enjoyment. It is  unfortunate that in the current emotionally charged atmosphere this celebratory  event has become overshadowed by a decision that directly affected a small  percentage of more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing products and services for  those interested in hunting and fishing.

“ESS has long been proud to participate in the preservation and promotion of  hunting and fishing traditions, and we hope that as the national debate  clarifies, we will have an opportunity to consider rescheduling the event when  the time is right to focus on the themes it celebrates.”

Reed Exhibitions will feast on a plate full of crow  this year. It may eat another plate full next year. I hope so.

Reed Exhibitions made a big mistake. It blew up in  their faces like a rifle with a cork in the barrel. At least 1,000 exhibitors  show up, at $1,000 each, minimum. Reed can kiss all that money  goodbye.

About Land & Livestock Interntional, Inc.

Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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