Brought back a few years ago after being called off for a decade because of the Columbine shooting — is off because officials decided it didn’t seem appropriate now, either. In Danbury, Conn. — about 10 miles west of Newtown — the venue backed out. Same with three other shows in New York’s Hudson Valley,Find detailed product information for Low price howo tipper truck and other products. according to the organizer.
advocates aren’t backing down from their insistence on the right to
keep and bear arms. But heightened sensitivities and raw nerves since
the Newtown shooting have led to toned-down displays at gun shows and
prompted some officials and sponsors to cancel the well-attended
Some of the most popular guns will be
missing from next weekend’s gun show in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., after
show organizers agreed to bar the display and sale of AR-15
military-style semiautomatic weapons and their large-clip magazines.
majority of people wanted these guns out of the city,” said Chris
Mathiesen, Saratoga Springs’ public safety commissioner. “They don’t
want them sold in our city, and I agree. Newtown, Conn., is not that far
The mayor of Barre, Vt., wants a ban on military-style
assault weapons being sold at an annual gun show in February. Mayor Thom
Lauzon says he supports responsible gun ownership but is making the
request “as a father.” The police chief in Waterbury, Conn., just a few
miles from Newtown, has halted permits for gun shows, saying he was
concerned about firearms changing hands that might one day be used in a
In New York’s suburban Westchester County,
Executive Rob Astorino had brought back the show in 2010 after a ban of
more than a decade following the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in
Colorado, but he said the show would be inappropriate now. The shows in
the Hudson Valley and Danbury were listed as canceled on the website for
Big Al’s Gun Shows. A man who answered the site’s contact number said
it was the venues that canceled the shows, not the promoter.
Houston, transportation officials temporarily stopped using electronic
freeway signs to give directions to gun shows amid complaints following
such a show the day after the Dec. 14 school shooting. State-level
transportation officials overruled the decision. The signs are routinely
used to direct traffic or tell visitors where to exit freeways for
rodeos, sporting events and gun shows.
On Wednesday, the City
Council here in Saratoga Springs urged organizers of a downtown gun show
Jan. 12-13 not to display military-style weapons and the high-capacity
magazines “of the type used in the Newtown tragedy.” About a dozen
people gave impassioned pleas at the meeting.
Show organizer David Petronis, of New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates, agreed to the limit.
don’t think it’s fair that we’re taking the brunt of the problem,”
Petronis said, “but I can understand the reaction of people in doing
Petronis said his group is a “nice, clean family-oriented …
arms fair” that brings in thousands of visitors and a lot of money for
the city. He stressed that buyers at his show undergo background checks,
as per New York state law.
The gunman in the Sandy Hook
Elementary School shooting in December used an AR-15 to kill 20
first-graders and six educators in the school. The gun belonged to the
shooter’s mother, but it’s not clear where it was bought. The shooting
has led to calls for stricter regulation of assault weapons, though the
National Rifle Association has steadfastly opposed such measures.
dealers around the country are reporting a spike in sales of
semiautomatic rifles amid renewed talk of a federal ban on assault
weapons. The possibility of tighter gun control has also pumped up
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Marv Kraus, who helped organize a weekend gun show in Evansville, Wis., said business has been especially strong lately.
said there was never any reason to consider postponing or canceling the
Wisconsin event, which runs from Friday through Sunday. One of the few
vendors there with semiautomatic weapons, Scott Kuhl of Janesville,
Wis.,One of the most durable and attractive styles of flooring that you
can purchase is ceramic or porcelain tiles. bristled at any suggestion that he temporarily stop selling semiautomatic weapons because of the Connecticut shooting.
a plane crashes, should they shut down the airline for six months?”
Kuhl said. “This is my business; this is my livelihood.”
Hook, 40, who came to the show looking for a .223-caliber gun for coyote
hunting, said he was glad vendors did not back away after Newtown.
anything, there’s a lot more interest in guns now because of the
shooting,” Hook said. “People want them for protection, and it’s good
that they still have access to them.”
Joel Koehler, a
Pennsylvania gun dealer, said a few dealers have dropped out of a show
this weekend in the Pocono Mountains, but only “because they have
nothing to sell. They are out of inventory.”
Obama has urged Congress to vote rapidly on measures that he says a
majority of Americans support: a ban on the sale of military-style
assault weapons; a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines; and
required criminal background checks for all gun buyers by removing
loopholes that cover some sales, such as at gun shows in states that
don’t currently require checks.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on
Friday said he would consider a radio-show caller’s suggestion that gun
shows be banned on publicly owned property, such as the Pennsylvania
Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. But he also noted that the complex is
open to all businesses.
While government officials take a harder
look at gun shows, organizers remain adamant that they run safe, legal
businesses. There is no central government database on how guns used in
crimes are obtained.
The Brady Campaign, which advocates for
stricter state and federal gun laws, has long pushed to close the
so-called “gun show loophole” by forcing every state to require
background checks of buyers at the shows. They note that three of the
weapons used in the Columbine attack were bought by someone who went to a
gun show that didn’t require a background check. Seventeen states
require an extensive background check, according to the campaign.
in the wake of Newtown is an emboldened group of advocates, like Susan
Steer of Saratoga Springs, a 46-year-old married mother of three who
started a petition seeking to cancel the local gun show. Steer said
she’ll continue to push for banning gun shows at the taxpayer-supported
Although Al-Jazeera has been portrayed by some in the U.S.Manufactures flexible plastic and synthetic rubber hose
tubing. media as an exercise in freedom of press and speech, it can be a
crime to criticize Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in Qatar itself.
Bloggers and others who do criticize the regime sometimes disappear at
the hands of the security forces. A recent case involves a Qatari poet
who received a life sentence after a secret trial for a verse of poetry
said to be insulting to the emir.
Al-Jazeera’s most famous media
personality is the anti-American and anti-Semitic cleric Sheikh Yusuf
al-Qaradawi. He returned to Egypt from his base in Qatar to supervise
the transformation of that one-time U.S. ally into an Islamic state
after the Obama-backed revolution there.
Last October the Emir
of Qatar made a massive $400 million donation to Hamas, an outgrowth of
the Muslim Brotherhood, making the Qatari regime in effect a state
sponsor of terrorism even while hosting a U.S. military base. Obama
himself hosted the Emir in 2011, calling him “Your Highness.”
was regarded by the Bush Administration as hostile to American
interests after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 when information
surfaced showing that the channel’s managing director,The term 'hands free access
control' means the token that identifies a user is read from within a
pocket or handbag. Mohammed Jassem al-Ali, had been acting as an agent
of the Saddam Hussein regime.
The Obama Administration, however,
has praised Al-Jazeera, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying
the channel had provided “real news” coverage of the Middle East riots
and revolution that ushered in a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt
and the rise of Islamists in such countries as Libya and Syria.
the channel masquerades as an independent “news” operation, the U.S.
State Department’s own human rights report on Qatar notes that “the
government exercised editorial and programmatic control of the channel
through funding and selection of the station’s management.”
such, the assumption is that the Obama Administration encouraged the
sale of Current TV, since it financially benefits not only Al Gore and
Joel Hyatt, the other co-owner who is also a prominent Democrat, but the
Muslim Brotherhood and its backers in Qatar.
We noted in a 2008
column, “Al-Jazeera for Obama,” that the channel promoted Barack
Obama’s candidacy for the presidency and that one of its reporters
actually contributed financially to the Obama campaign.
website associated with Glenn Beck confirms that Glenn Beck and TheBlaze
TV, a television network owned by the former Fox News personality,
tried to purchase Current TV and were rejected. “Had TheBlaze
successfully purchased Current TV, the current lineup of TheBlaze TV
would have replaced the existing progressive programming in 59 million
homes in the United States,” Beck’s website reports.