The good guys have won a big one.
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.
- Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show goes from huge to zero in less than two weeks (pennlive.com)
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- Boycott over gun sale ban grows against Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show (pennlive.com)