One of the favorite lies of the anti-rights cultists (at least when they are not whinging about the NRA being all-powerful – consistency is not their strong suit) is that the firearm industry is dying/drying up/collapsing/shrinking/etc.
If that were actually the case, I wonder what the explanation would be for the SHOT Show having to limit attendance to only firearm- and shooting-related companies, on the basis that there are too many up-and-comers who need the exposure:
Many of the most iconic brands in our industry started out small and likely would have occupied a 10×10 booth at the SHOT Show were they starting out today. Companies like Browning, Colt, Glock, Hornady, Remington, Ruger and Smith & Wesson started out as small one- or two-person operations. Who knows which of these 300 companies will become the next industry leader given the time and opportunity to grow their business.
To that end, we will begin the process of repurposing he SHOT Show beginning with the 2013 edition. That means that we will focus our exhibit floor on those companies that are involved in our core business — shooting, hunting, outdoor and tactical. Those exhibitors that do not represent core shooting, hunting, outdoor and tactical product segments will be informed that they will not be invited to exhibit in 2013. Letters will be going out to those companies affected beginning in September 2011, and should those companies choose not to exhibit in 2012 as a result, we will offer them a full refund, which is contrary to the terms of their 2012 contract, but only fair under the circumstances.
If the firearm industry were collapsing (which it obviously is not), then why would the SHOT Show organizers need to start barring the not-really-firearm-related companies from attending, and why would they be making room for the newcomers to the industry?
Obviously "gun control" supporters do not have a terribly firm grasp on reality, but that almost goes without saying.
Firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, hunting gear, training equipment, targets, and all the rest of those associated things are all growth industries at the moment, ironically due, in part, to the hysterical attempts at legislating them out of existence. Regardless, it is definitely good to see the SHOT Show realigning itself to better showcase its core purpose… I really do need to figure out a way to get out there sometime.