In What Direction Is Our Country Going?

Recent developments have made folks very uneasy about their safety. This week I am going to give this sportsman’s view on the mess that is unfolding in our country and the reaction of our fellow citizens.

From schools, to theaters and shopping malls, folks are being attacked. The fear level for the average American citizen is at an all-time high. Most of the fear folks are experiencing is genuine and as with most fear, human nature is such that we need to stop the feeling. I think most folks would agree that a lot of times we act or make decisions out of fear. The decision made is generally not the best in the long term.

Over the past few weeks, I have been asked the same questions that most sportsmen have. What do you think about the recent shootings? How concerned are you about losing our Second Amendment rights?

Personally, I am appalled and upset at the recent shootings. One of the first things that crossed my mind was what if one of my grandchildren were in one of the schools? What if one of my family members was shopping when some lunatic goes off the deep end?

The attack on our Second Amendment rights is wrong on so many fronts, but on the other hand folks are trying to make changes so we don’t live in fear. Personally, I believe that the laws that are being passed or are in the process of being passed aren’t so much to protect the average person, but are being used to forward political gain for those who are pushing them through in the middle of the night.

What really gets in my craw is when folks, businesses and organizations that have claimed to be a friend and supporter of the Second Amendment do a switch when the heat in the kitchen gets a little warm. Over the past few years there have been several examples of this. This past week a long-time sportsmen’s show promoter has shown their true colors and the National Wild Turkey Federation has stepped up to show its displeasure and disappointment with them.

The NWTF has withdrawn from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa. This decision was made due to the decision of the show promoter to ban the display of modern sporting rifles.

As a leading advocate for the preservation of our hunting heritage, the NWTF believes it is an important time to take a clear stance on its support of sportsmen and the Second Amendment and the clear link between the two.

The NWTF has canceled its booth space and will be rescheduling the NWTF-sanctioned calling contest that was slated to take place at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show once a suitable venue is determined.

“We feel strongly about the importance of the Second Amendment in pursuit of our mission of preserving our hunting heritage,” said Skip Motts, president of the NWTF Pennsylvania State Chapter. “We reached out to our chapters from across the state and received overwhelming support for taking this stand.”

The NWTF works to pass on the right to hunt to future generations, from reducing legal barriers to creating new hunters. They are also responsible for introducing almost 100,000 people to outdoor sports annually. The right to bear arms is another pillar of the hunting tradition that the NWTF fully supports. The efforts to preserve our hunting heritage can be undone if new barriers to hunting are created by limiting the tools that the vast majority of sportsmen depend on to hunt.

The NWTF will host its National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn., from Feb.15-17. The NWTF welcomes any attendees or exhibitors to consider coming to the NWTF Convention and Sport Show. The NWTF is working to add booths to the already sold-out show in an attempt to accommodate companies that have decided to change plans about exhibiting at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.

Contact April Flowers at aflowers@nwtf.net for information on reserving a booth.

As an avid supporter of local and national organizations that fight for sportsman rights and conservation, I stand behind the NWTF and had changed my plans to attend the Harrisburg show. However, on Thursday it was announced that the event has been postponed.