Associated Press’ Attempt to Destroy SHOT Show’s Reputation Went Down in Flames
Every year, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) hosts SHOT Show, the annual tradeshow for firearms industry insiders. The goal of the meeting is to allow firearms manufacturers, dealers and industry-related media to gather and see what guns, accessories and the latest gadgets will be released in the next year.
“NSSF has run the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Show for 40 years, 20 of which have been in Las Vegas. There is an extensive area devoted to the law enforcement community and to programs and services related to public safety and to that of our customers. You have to be a member of the industry to attend. It is not open to the public,” Michael Bazinet, NSSF’s Director of Public Affairs, told Townhall. “We have significant security and safety protocols in place, as we do every year.”
The Associated Press decided to write up a general article about what takes place at SHOT Show. The author’s headline, however, is very misleading.
“Gun industry converges near Las Vegas mass shooting site”
The headline implies that the shooting industry is not being sensitive to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, which couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, SHOT Show has taken place in Vegas for roughly 20 years. It wasn’t like the Las Vegas shooting occurred, and the NSSF decided to suddenly change the location to stomp on victims and their families.
“The exhibitors and attendees are well aware of the tragedy and feel genuine sympathy for the victims. But they know that the lawful commerce in firearms serving millions of law-abiding citizens is completely unconnected to the actions of a criminal intent on doing harm,” Bazinet said.
Bazinet is right. There are millions of law-abiding gun owners across the country. We utilize our God-given, Constitutionally protected, Second Amendment rights.
Just like with everything, there are a few bad apples who try to ruin it for the rest of us. In this case, they’re called criminals. And guess what? They’re going to do everything in their power to get their hands on a weapon — whether it be a gun, knife or bomb — if they’re looking to cause bloodshed.
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