Good article on a couple of points; bad article on a couple of points.
Bad: It continues to call this Outdoor Show a "gun show." Frank Miniter knows better. The headline says it is a gun show, and the picture with the article is not a picture of this show. Of course, as the writer of the article, Miniter probably had nothing to say about the headline or the photo illustration. Those were probably Forbes' editorial decisions.
Good: This is a great quote, and serves to illustrate the hypocrisy of Reed management:
“Our original decision not to include certain products in the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show this year was made in order to preserve the event’s historical focus on the hunting and fishing traditions enjoyed by American families…. In the current climate, we felt that the presence of MSRs would distract from the theme of hunting and fishing, disrupting the broader experience of our guests. This was intended simply as a product decision, of the type event organizers need to make every day.”
If "the event's historical focus on the hunting and fishing traditions" was really their aim, then why did Reed promote the addition of modern sporting rifles right from the beginning? Most people do not know Reed did that. So, the aim of the show was not to sell any guns, let along "tactical" or modern sporting rifles. It was actually Reed's decision to include guns in recent years, and tactical guns this year. What people reacted to was not Reed prohibiting these guns, but Reed going back on their own original decision to promote these guns.
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