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Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show Cancelled.

Reed Exhibitions has decided to “postpone” the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.  Postponed is really code for cancelled, this show will not take place in 2013.

Reed Exhibitions’ announced several days ago that modern sporting rifles (i.e. AR-15 and all variants) and high capacity magazines would be prohibited from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The leadership of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has been in intense, frank discussions with Reed Exhibitions management in an effort to reverse this unacceptable decision. These discussions reached an impasse.

NSSF is in no way affiliated with, nor does it participate in or exhibit at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in any way. However, Reed Exhibitions does manage the NSSF-owned SHOT Show (though Reed manages the SHOT Show, all SHOT Show decisions, policies and actions are made at NSSF’s direction). Watch for that relationship to end soon.

This successful boycott, began on the website mynortheastoutdoors.com. It’s the best demonstration of support by the outdoors industry yet against gun control efforts being pushed in Washington and in several states.

Reed Exhibitions has taken a position that is clearly in opposition to the exercise of 2nd Amendment rights. The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show was scheduled for February 2nd to the 10th , 2013, in Harrisburg, PA.

Chet Burchett, Reed Exhibitions President for the Americas stated, “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,”

“In the current climate, we felt that the presence of Modern Sporting Rifles 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.”

In light of the fact that about thirty percent of the vendors scheduled to show at the trade event have pulled out it seems that Reed underestimated the importance of Modern Sporting Rifle. On top of that, the majority of the celebrities who were scheduled to appear at the event also pulled out, leaving Reed Exhibitions with a pretty lack luster show.

On Tuesday January 23rd the NRA announced that they were pulling sponsorship for the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show event as a result of Reed Exhibitions stance.

“We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so,” the news release said. “As a result, the NRA will not be participating in the upcoming show in Harrisburg or in any other shows hosted by Reed Exhibitions that maintain this policy. We are disappointed that Reed Exhibitions has ignored the concerns expressed by attendees, the outdoor industry and the NRA in not reconsidering their position to ban the display of Modern Sporting Rifles.”

For more info see:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/nra-boycott-kills-outdoors-show-that-banned-assault-weapons/article/2519579#.UQHwnr9tCSo

http://articles.mcall.com/2013-01-21/sports/mc-gun-decision-protest-01212013-20130121_1_vicki-cianciarulo-eastern-sports-cabela

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Show Show and the AR Platform Rifle 2013

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Are AR-15 Rifles soon to be a thing of the past?

Prior to the Sandy Hook tragedy, Colt was planning to introduce 7 new AR variants at the SHOT Show in January of 2013.  High Standard was prepared to bring several models of AR rifles to the market as well.  Nosler was scheduled to introduce the  Varmageddon Rifle, an AR variant for varmint hunting.  Remington had a new R-15 rifle with several variations planned for release. Sig Sauer has the 516 PRM and Sig 400 Predator rifle with new options.

Undoubtedly there are many more such rifles and carbines that were planned for release to the market for 2013.  I suspect that some of these makers will have already pulled these new offerings from the show.  Why, because they have already used up all the parts they have on hand to make and sell current models.  The handwriting is on the wall, there will be some heavy new restrictions on semi-autos soon… barring a miracle.

The AR market has been hot for years now.  Part of the reason for this is because veterans come home and want to own the rifle that they trained on in the military.  Since Vets cannot get an M16 or M4 in civilian life, they opt for the AR-15 because is looks similar and has similar handling characteristics.  This habit of wanting the gun you trained with has been common since time in memorial.  Then Hollywood helps build interest in certain guns as well.

It will be interesting to see what new laws are around the corner and how it will effect the manufacturing business.  In my local area there are several manufacturers who build either AR parts or complete guns.  So they will be forced, in all likelihood, to move on to other guns, or perhaps out of the gun business altogether.  A bigger concern is that these new laws will be job killers, and it is almost certain that they will cause lay-offs as companies scramble to revamp their offerings.

Oh well, if common sense were common, more people would have it.

Update, for those of you who do not know it, NO AR-15 was used at Sandy Hook.

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Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock are Intellectually Bankrupt.

Just in case you have been living under a rock since last Sunday night…

NBC sportscaster, Bob Costas often provides commentary at halftime during the weekly Sunday night game. This week he addressed the weekend’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Paraphrasing and quoting from a piece by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, Costas said: “In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

Belcher shot and killed the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, Perkins, on Saturday morning December 1st. A short time later he committed suicide in the parking lot of the Chiefs’ practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium.

Meanwhile in CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Community College instructor was killed in a senseless classroom murder-suicide Friday, November 30th. Police said James Krumm, 56, gave his students time to flee by fighting the attacker, his son, after the younger Krumm walked into the computer science class and shot James in the head with an arrow.

It was later learned that Christopher Krumm, 25, of Vernon, Conn had stabbed to death his father’s live-in girlfriend at the couple’s home prior to the on campus attack. When police arrived at the classroom after the attack, they found Christopher Krumm bleeding from self-inflicted knife wounds and taking his last breaths. James Krumm was dead at the scene, Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh said.

Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock are either intellectually dishonest or just plain morons. Mentally ill people sometimes make fatal decisions for themselves and occasionally they include others.

Is that fact tragic? Absolutely.

Does it affect the lives of family, friends, and even the community?
More than we will ever know!

Does it mean we need more laws and public policy?
In most cases I would argue the answer is a simple; NO.

Costas tried to use his job as a sports announcer to further his personal political beliefs. In so doing, he purposely overlooks the fact that a mentally ill person does not function from logic. They don’t say, “Oh, I can’t get a gun so I can’t exact my revenge.”

Instead they use a car, a bat, their hands, or as in this example a bow and arrow backed up by two knives. It’s not about the weapon. It’s about the violent act they wish to perpetrate on others.
Saying that Belcher and Perkins would be alive today if Jovan Belcher did not have a gun is intellectually bankrupt. In all likelihood he would have found a way to produce the same result. It’s easy to blame the weapon. Then you don’t have to deal with the people involved and analyze what really went wrong.

When a person tells you that a gun makes it too easy; that is a confession of the quality of their character. They don’t trust anyone but themselves to have good judgment or self control. Look hard at the person who blames the weapon and does not place responsibility on the perpetrator. They are dangerous to themselves and society, because they are pandering to emotions, either for power or to make themselves feel better.

Thank God for the mute button!
I will never again hear Bob Costas spew moronic opinions.

Read more:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/01/casper-college-attack-murder-suicide_n_2223580.html

http://www.ctpost.com/news/us/article/Wyo-campus-killer-near-genius-at-odds-with-dad-4087596.php#ixzz2E9NoRdRl

http://news.yahoo.com/costas-gun-control-commentary-gets-142107845.html

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Anti Gunners in the Government Create a Problem So They Can Rescue US

It just makes me sick to think that the Justice Department signed off on this.  I hope the Senator investigating never lets go.  The memos mentioned in this report are damning enough to indicate there is malfeasance involved here (For those of you at the justice department, that means your actions are criminal).

Too bad a half dozen of this ATF agents co-workers were not lined up behind him to support his story.  At least he is trying to do what’s right.

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Wyoming may join Alaska, Arizona, and Vermont in returning rights to Law Abiding Citizens.

Wyoming Legislature Approves Permitless Carry Bill

http://www.nraila.org/

Law-abiding Wyoming residents were big winners this week when both chambers the Wyoming Legislature overwhelmingly voted for a permitless/“constitutional” carry bill. When signed into law, Wyoming will become the fourth state to recognize permitless carry, joining Alaska, Arizona and Vermont.  Similar bills are under consideration in other states across the country including Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Utah.

The concept of permitless carry, where law-abiding residents are allowed to a carry a concealed firearm without permits, has been gaining popularity across the country as more people realize that despite their best intentions, law enforcement cannot be there at the precise moment a crime occurs to prevent the attack.  Furthermore, as state and local governments wrestle with massive budget shortfalls and are forced to lay off law enforcement and furlough prisoners, citizens realize that help will likely arrive later as the odds of a crime occurring increase. The NRA has also always believed that there should not be a tax associated with self-defense and the opportunity to carry a firearm for self-defense without having to obtain a costly permit, especially during these trying economic times, will be welcomed by many.

The lead sponsors of the Wyoming bill are state Senator Kit Jennings and Representative Allen Jaggi. The bill now goes to Governor Matt Mead’s desk for his consideration.

 

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Atlas Shrugged Movie is coming out in April 2011

Visit the Official Atlas Shrugged Movie Web Site!

Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand’s warning to the Free World that certain kinds of politics and economics do not work.  This book written in 1957 has remained popular ever since it was first published.  This is one of those stories that; if you don’t have time to read the book, make time for the movie.   The producer has stated publicly that their intention is to remain true to the book and to Ayn Rand’s characters.  Should be fun, and maybe, just maybe will open a few eyes.

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John M. Browning Honored by Utah Legislature!

Browning was the most prolific gun designer of the last century, designing rifles, pistols, shotguns, machine guns, and artillery no other designer is more deserving of such attention.  In recognition of his lasting contributions to the

John Moses Browning honored by Utah Legislature!development of firearm design and the military defense of the United States, the Utah State Legislature has officially designated January 24, 2011 as John M. Browning Day. A native of Ogden, Utah, John M. Browning is widely considered the world’s greatest firearms designer, and many of his gun designs remain popular around the globe to this day.

In his biography, “John M. Browning, American Gunmaker” The story of how he accepted a greatly reduced royalty for his work during World War I.  His brother Matt recalled that he expected John to take a little time to discuss the offer.  Instead Browning said, “Major if that suits Uncle Sam, it’s all right with me.”  When they left the office Matt mentioned to John that they could have had much more money without any real negotiation, to which John replied, “Yes, and  if we were fifteen or twenty years younger we’d be over there in the mud!”

The official commemoration took place on January 24th at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is scheduled to make a formal presentation of the resolution to Christopher Browning, the great grandson of John M. Browning, at the noon ceremony on the capitol steps.

1911 Pistol, 45 ACP

It was March 29th, 1911 when the 1911 pistol was adopted so 2011 is the 100th anniversary of that adoption of Browning’s 1911 .45 caliber automatic pistol by the US Army. A century later this pistol  remains in active military use with US special operations forces and is more popular than ever among civilians, gun collectors, competitive shooters and law enforcement officers.  John M. Browning’s influence is so far reaching that in Europe a “browning” is the common name for a semi-auto pistol.

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Benjamin Franklin Knew it was Inevitable

To members of the Constitutional Convention, “Sir, though we may set out in the beginning with moderate salaries, we shall find that such will not be of long continuance. Reasons will never be wanting for proposed augmentations; and there will always be a party for giving more to rulers, that the ruler may be able in return to give more to them. Hence, as all history informs us, there has been in every state and kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing and the governed, the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the princes or enslaving of the people. Generally, indeed, the ruling power carries its point, and we see the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but alway in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure.”

Quoted from “The 5000 Year Leap Principles of Freedom 101” Skousen 1981

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California Seeks to Control Interstate Commerce!

If you are in the gun business you need to read this!

California has decided that they are better at handling firearms transactions than the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.  The California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement, issued an informational bulletin dated 5/29/08, No. 2008-BOF-05.

Quoting, “Beginning July 1, 2008, California Penal Code Section 12072(f)(1) prohibits all FFLs from shipping to an FFL in California unless, prior to delivery, the FFL intending to deliver, sell or transfer the firearm obtains a verification approval number from the California Department of Justic (CADOJ) Bureau of Firearms. This includes transfers that occur at gun shows.”

This poses several interesting questions.

  1. What happened to the second ammendment?
  2. What happened to the ATF?
  3. Who put California in charge of interstate commerce?
  4. What happened to the ICC?
  5. If California were so efficient at running Buracracies, would they have money problems?
  6. Will killing another segement of the California tax base help solve state problems?
  7. Has there been a single case of guns transfered between Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders that resulted in violent crime of any kind?
  8. Why in the hell would any gun business outside California continue to do business with law abiding federally licensed gun dealers in California?
  9. Does this mean Arnold is really a “Girly Man”?
  10. On the FAQ page attached to the announcement the #1 item claims there is no cost associated with this program.  Apparently our time and effort is of no value?
  11. Why have we not heard outrage from California Dealers (FFL holders) on this subject?  Could it be they fear repercussions?

I am sure you can think of more questions but those few just poured out of my pen as they say.

Item #16 on the FAQ page generously offers every interested person the opportunity to receive a copy of the bill which put this law into effect.  I plan to call for a copy as I am sure you will want to.  After all, we want to be sure we do not run afoul of any California Laws even if we plan to boycott the state from here to eternity.   The phone number where you can request a copy of the bill is 916-445-2323, request bill “AB 2521, Chapter 784, Session 2005-2006.  Hopefully this won’t be too much of a burden on those resources.

Here is a pdf of the entire packet mailed to FFL holders:  http://www.z-hat.com/extras/California%20CFLC%20Program.pdf

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School teaches mixed message.

Last week in Winchendon, Massachusetts another case of  “zero-tolerance” enforcement defying common sense, a fourth-grader Bradley Geslak was suspended from Toy Town Elementary School for bringing a Memorial Day souvenir to school.

According to a May 29, Telegram.com article, a uniformed veteran gave the 10-year-old two empty rifle shell casings from blanks used during the town’s Memorial Day celebration Monday morning.  Bradley gave one of the empty casings to his grandfather and kept the other as a souvenir.  The trouble began when he took his souvenir to school the next day. 

“He was just playing with it at lunch,” explained Crystal Geslak, Bradley’s mother. “He wasn’t showing it to anyone; he had it in his hand and was playing with it.”

A teacher saw him with the harmless piece of brass and confiscated it.  Ms. Geslak was then called at work and told to come and pick up her son, who had been suspended for five days!

Ms. Geslak arrived at the school to find her son in tears.  “I was totally shocked. I couldn’t believe this was happening,” she said.  “It was just an empty shell, not even from a real bullet.  A sharpened pencil would be more dangerous than this piece of metal.”

“He was so proud to have been given them.  His dad’s a veteran, his uncle’s a veteran, both his grandfathers are veterans.  Memorial Day is a big thing to us.  It’s a very important holiday and we have a big celebration every year,” Ms. Geslak said.

Ms. Geslak, who will be forced to miss work in order to stay home with her son, says she is worried about what having a “weapon-related suspension” on his school record will mean to his future.

To add insult to injury, the family says a school official told them that the shell would not be returned, and that the next step might involve assigning a probation officer to Bradley!  Yes, you read that right, a probation officer.

A young boy punished over a harmless souvenir.  By any standard, that’s just unacceptable.

From the Shcool Districts web site, thier mission statement:

Our mission is to enlighten, motivate, and educate all who pass through our doors.  We will provide a safe environment that promotes an appreciation of diversity and preparedness for the future.

This young man and his family understand the price of freedom, they actually celebrage Memorial Day as it was intended, not just as a bankers holiday.  They understand what it takes to be prepared for the future.  A piece of inert metal poses no safety hazard to anyone.  Of course that’s just my view, but then the mission statment say they will respect my diverse opinion???  Seems like a mixed message to me.

If you’d like to express your concern over this incident, please visit http://www.winchendon.mec.edu/.  You will catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.  To leave a voice message for Brooke Clenchy, Superintendent of Schools, please call 978-297-0031. 

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