If you’ve been a gun lover for any amount of time, then it’s likely you’ve heard of SHOT Show. Hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), this annual trade show is meant to give firearms industry insiders (like gun dealers and manufacturers) a sneak peek at the guns, gadgets, and accessories coming out in the following year.
For 40 years (20 of which have been in Las Vegas), the NSSF has been hosting SHOT Show. Not only do they run the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Show, but they also provide an area exclusively for law enforcement and programs regarding public safety.
The NSSF also ensures that proper security and safety protocols are in place in all areas of the show. For instance, firing pins are taken out of show floor guns, trigger guards are mandatory, and there is a ban on live ammo.
So far, all has gone well regarding the show and its publicity. However, thanks to a recent news article, this is no longer the case.
The Associated Press wrote an article about the going-on at SHOT Show. All good there. However, the headline they went with is extremely deceptive to readers. It reads: “Gun industry converges near Las Vegas mass shooting site.”
According to The Gun Writer:
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.