Anyhow, I wanted to make a couple of notes on my previous post about ESPN as the primary sponsor of the State of the Industry gala at SHOT next year. No, there's nothing intrinsically wrong with taking money from folks who air hunting and fishing shows even if they're not 100% with us, and it wouldn't bother me in the least, if only...
• The industry supported handguns, the handgun sports, black rifles, the black rifle sports, .50 BMGs, the .50 BMG sports the way they supported hunting.So, in short, I'm more worried about us than about them. Hard times are coming, folks. I have been on the front lines during hard time, and I can assure you it is not a laugh riot. It is hard, ulcer-inducing, at time scarifying work. I do not like the idea of heading into hard times with the tail wagging the dog, which is the case with our hunting-obsessed industry. Remember our answer to Bill Clinton's and John Kerry's tales of daring-do in the game fields — the Second Amendment isn't about hunting. It still isn't.
• The industry didn't try to hard so pretend that the sport shooting, self-defense and training side of our culture didn't exist.
• The industry didn't spend 99.99% of our money trying to shore up the hunting accessories market.