This is our final edition prior to the opening of the much discussed, highly debated, unquestionably controversial, hyperbolically overwrought SHOT Show.
As we’ve watched, listened and prepped news for next week, one thing has become obvious: this show really will be different from any of the twenty or so others we’ve covered.
Last year’s virtual event was radically removed from an extravaganza with fourteen miles of aisles.
SHOT 2022 will occupy even more space.
And the amount of controversy and debate it has already caused is immeasurable.
Some in (or around) the industry seem determined to turn the decision to attend or stay home into some sort of litmus test on where one stands on almost all other hot button issues.
It decidedly is not.
SHOT Show is what it has always been -a trade show.
Mark is going. I am not. Lots of companies will be there, many will not. Everyone has their reasons for attending or not, but it doesn’t mean it is political. Or sometimes it is. Ask Froglube.
It is with a degree of sadness that after 10 years of attendance, we have decided to end our presence at the annual National Shooting Sports Foundation SHOT SHOW in Las Vegas, NV.
Since COVID struck in 2020, FrogLube attempted to continue our participation in SHOT SHOW despite unlawful, cost prohibitive and convoluted restrictions imposed by the governor of the state of Nevada. We looked to NSSF to stand up for our industry and to pressure the state authorities into allowing our trade show to return to normal. As a small business, any attempt to engage in commercial interaction with our customers under constantly changing, unrealistic and absurd restrictions is cost prohibitive and places an undue burden on our company.
We do not question the reality of the COVID 19 disease, in fact, most of us have had it. At issue is that a disease is not sufficient cause for the removal of god-given/inalienable rights by any man, government agency or commercial enterprise. Does the governor of Nevada restrict trade show attendance for any other communicable diseases with transmissibility? FrogLube and NSF engage in free enterprise in an industry that uses individual rights as a selling point to attract people to purchase our firearms products. We find the NSF stance is mutually incompatible to the expression of both the 1st and 2nd amendments of the US Constitution. How can we stress the 2nd amendment at the show while yielding on the 1st amendment?
I am interested to see the level of “mask-compliance”. It seems like a less than receptive crowd.View Linked Article