NBC Sports to sponsor firearm trade show
The network is a longtime sponsor of the event and will continue to support it despite a renewed debate over gun control.
Amid a nationwide debate about gun laws, Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC Sports is continuing to sponsor one of the biggest gun shows in the country.
The SHOT Show, which runs in Las Vegas from Tuesday to Friday, last year attracted more than 57,000 attendees and 1,600 exhibitors. To be sure, not anyone can get into the show: It's not open to the public, and only commercial buyers and sellers of shooting, hunting and related trades are allowed, according to the show's website.
The support of the show isn't new for NBC Sports. It's been involved "for several years as part of our commitment to our outdoor programming block," NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughes tells MSN Money.
While Hughes wouldn't disclose the amount of its sponsorship, he did note that the value is "very nominal."
NBC Sports Network, which changed its name from the Versus network over a year ago, airs outdoor programming such as "Whitetail Diaries," which features "the best hunting stories from across the country that highlight North America's most popular game animal, the whitetail deer," according to the network's site.
The sponsorship may raise some eyebrows given NBC Sports host Bob Costas' on-air call for stricter gun control during a December game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Later that month, a gunman killed 20 children at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
As a result, gun control laws have been under debate, with some pushing for stricter regulations. Some Americans have been buying guns as they grow concerned that U.S. lawmakers will restrict access to firearms.
"If I had 1,000 AR-15s I could sell them in a week,” gun dealer Jack Smith told the New York Times. He referred to a type of semiautomatic rifle that was used by the Newtown school shooter.
In the meantime, as the SHOT show gets ready to open Tuesday, NBC Sports won't be alone in supporting the convention. According to the show's website, other sponsors include Dodge Ram, the city of Las Vegas and the Outdoor Channel.
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The vast majority of gun related crimes are committed by criminals with illegally own guns. 5x more people are killed by cars than by guns. Of the 8,000+ gun related homicides , the vast majority are related to criminals and drug users not to legal gun owners. Why don't your tree humping pathetic libtards find another cause? Like saving innocent unborn children.
Where is all the liberal outrage here? ------- The liberals calling for a boycott of NBC.
I guess it is just - Our gun shows good.... Conservative gun shows bad.
My god can you imagine the outrage if Fox was sponsoring this gun show.
Feel the love liberals?...... First Obama turns on you now NBC.
Obama - Wants anti gay in his cabnet
NBC - Sponsers gun show.
LOL....... have a big glass of koolaid.
Hmmm of the 30,000 gun deaths in America half are cops killing people -- take away the few guns cops have and we will reduce the gun deaths by half with only taking what 200,000 guns away from people???
second 1/4 of all gun deaths are from people killing themselves. Offer free suicide kits with painless drug death in them and you will keep 1/4 off all gun deaths from happening if the suicide people go for the suicide kits.
of the last 1/4 of gun deaths about 80 percent are done by ex-lovers -- wives,husbands,ex-boyfriends,ex-girlfriends, etc. If you had to get a professional emotional test to see if you would not go nuts if your intended partner would leave you and if before you could break up a couple they had to go through grief consultation.
There solved most of the gun deaths and only took guns away from those who use them to kill people.
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