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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There are many that would wish me to turn in my guns...and even threaten to come and take them. Well my M4(aka AR-15) is what will allow me to keep my other guns. If you want them, come and claim them...
Inspite of the governments cash flow problem I'm sure many millions have been saved shutting down mental institutions since the 1960s,this is an area that needs to be relooked at. Mental health has been at the center of every mass murder in the US.aside from the twin towers terrorist attack.
All this back lash against guns and gun ownership shows that the commie pinko liberals are trying to mask the real problem. MENTAL HEALTH or lack there of.
I'll bet they would scream louder than the NRA if everyone were required to take a mental health exam to prove their not a looney.
"Isn`t it strange the same people who love guns and war are the same people against
Not strange at all, considering we're not out killing people with the guns.
Wonder what percentage of the gun murderers would fall on the left side of the isle. Woe is me..
Stranger, is that you use Newtown as an excuse to attack gun owners, when you'd have been fine with killing them all, when they were in the womb. Double standard. Hypocrite.
Once again you prove the unfathomable depths of your ignorance.
Pity the Founder Fathers didn't meet with their elected repesentatives in public, go to the movies or send their kids to kindergarten. If they had, maybe we'd have gotten some liberties that are actually worth caring about.
Freedom of paranoia! Whooopee! La-de-dah...
""If I had 1,000 AR-15s I could sell them in a week,” gun dealer Jack Smith [said]..."
Sickening beyond words...
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