AP’s tries to destroy SHOT Show’s reputation, fails

Lee’s note: This story was written yesterday by Beth Bauman for Townhall and is shared at their request.

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.”

To make sure attendees are safe, all firing pins are removed from guns on the show floor, trigger guards are instituted and live ammunition is banned.

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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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

1 Comment

  1. Michael Delaney on

    The ONLY people that the “headline” makes sense to, ARE THE ones that want to destroy freedom, anyway they can! If 1/2 truths and lies accomplish that, The left is “all-in” and will advance EVERY 1/2 truth and lie they can!

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