Guns & Ammo Network


Collapse bottom bar
Subscribe

Exhibitors, Sharp-Stick Guys Stick With Us

by Robert W. Hunnicutt   |  January 23rd, 2013 3

The list of exhibitors who have pulled out of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show is now more than 200, but Reed Exhibitions, the British-owned proprietor of the Harrisburg, Pa., show, is not relenting in its prohibition against black rifles (and even pictures of them).

The tally of the departed includes Ruger, Savage, Smith & Wesson and Trijicon; all those you’d expect. You might be less likely to expect the National Wild Turkey Federation or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. You might be even more surprised to hear that archery giants Easton and Hoyt, along with suppliers like Hunter’s Specialties and Primos Calls, have decamped.

In fact, a quick perusal of the roll of boycott supporters shows more from the archery and pure hunting markets than from the firearms industry.

This is a very, very gratifying thing to see. The ESOS is a very important event to many of these exhibitors. It is positively vital to a lot of outfitters. It would have been very easy for lot of them to say “not my fight.” Instead, they are standing firm with us. The show will go on: there’s only so much help you can expect from the camping or fishing industries. But there are going to be some large and embarrassing gaps, and even giant Reed is going to feel some revenue loss.

One of the fondest hopes of the anti-gunners is that they can drive wedges within the gun community. They really believe that most hunters are just harmless Fudds who would be perfectly content with a double shotgun and a 94 Winchester if it weren’t for the gun manufacturers and the NRA pushing pistols and black guns on them. They have tried, inevitably with great fanfare in the press, to found a series of quisling groups intended to “give a voice to hunters who favor common-sense gun safety measures:” all have been crashing failures.

If there is one lesson the U.S. gun community has absorbed from the examples of Australia, Britain and other countries where the right to bear arms has been extinguished, it is that gun owners have to stick together. You may do no more than pop a few doves once a year, but the guy with a safe full of ARs is your brother. Those who want to take his ARs are your enemy. There can be no compromise with the enemy; if you don’t choose to fight until your particular gun is threatened, you may as well hand it in now.

And, as we are finding, there are some guys with sharp sticks who are brothers, too. It’s good to have them aboard, because we are going to need all the help we can get.

  • Bow Brother

    Although our superiority as close-range hunters is unassailable, we who brandish the "sharp stick" have had our fights to establish our tool of choice as legitimate hunting weaponry in hunting seasons in the not so distant past. We all need each other to stand together and we steadfastly support all hunters, shooters and collectors of firearms and our RIGHT to keep and bear arms — regardless of the cosmetic adornment and platform underpinnings. The AR is and forever will be a legitimate sporting tool; a superior defensive platform for citizens of all skill levels; a fun, recreational shooting instrument; and a symbol of our, and many other countries, right of freedom.

    • RWHunnicutt

      Gimme five, brother: well said!

  • MERoberts

    This is the way to fight back at these gutless chumps that have somehow managed to surrender their manhood. How did the brits manage to beat Hitler during WW2, oh thats right they had to beg us yanks across the pond to save their blimy necks. Do us a favor ole mighty brits take the words of Wyatt Erp "either get in the fight or get the hell out of the way!!!!". Never mind this is to much to ask a tea toadler, just stay on your side of the pond and let the yanks with guts do the fighting.

back to top