ESOS Boycott Supporters
Here is a list of celebrities, sponsors, and vendors who have pulled out of the Reed Exhibits Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show in Harrisburg, PA for 2013. The show was set to run from Feb 2-10, 2013 and usually attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors.The Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show banned all AR-15 pattern rifles from the show in response to the Newtown, CT shootings. The blowback from the pro-freedom community has been positively astonishing. As others have noted, this is by no means going to affect Reed Exhibits all that much; however, I would caution anyone in the area planning to attend the show to check first for rolling tumbleweeds... Major kudos to both the large and the small companies that have pulled out of the show - the large companies have their brand to think of; the smaller companies stand to lose more by skipping such a large show.
As I've noted here on my blog, AR-15 pattern rifles are, indeed, useful for hunting. For varmints, small game, and even smaller deer (in legally allowed areas with proper shot placement), the light recoil, inexpensive and (normally) plentiful ammunition, and accuracy of the platform make it very well suited for certain hunting applications - varmints or small predators beware. For Reed to simply write them off because a similar-looking rifle was used in a shooting is unconscionable - blaming an entire group for the actions of an individual; how bigoted.
It's great to see the 2A community coming together over this - this truly is a time where united we stand, divided we fall.
That is all.
UPDATE: LMAO. They canceled the show. Way to cut off your nose to spite your face, Reed Exhibits.
But it gets better: Reed might even lose SHOT Show...