The headlines making note of this weekend’s gun show in Stamford, Conn., are a handy demonstration of just how gun-shy — no pun intended — much of the nation has become in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting last month. Articles make note of how the show is being held “only 40 miles” and “just one hour” from Newtown, Conn., and “only a month” after the massacre.

https://twitter.com/chelseagrunwald/status/287372288364535808

Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia called the decision to go on with the show “untimely and insensitive,” but those in attendance were just doing, legally, what many others across the nation were doing. That didn’t stop a small group of protesters from converging on the Stamford Plaza Hotel. Not surprisingly, the NRA was the chosen target.

That doesn’t quite look like the uproar that some headlines would suggest.

The New Haven Register reported that those inside the hotel didn’t find any assault weapons but rather “antique guns dating back to the 1700s” alongside “shotguns, hunting rifles, bowie knives and even Navajo jewelry.” One vendor at the show sympathized with the protesters but surmised that “this is probably the wrong show to picket.”

A Facebook page used to organize the event noted that there was no protest planned for Sunday. The gun show will go on, as will others hundreds of miles away. Following current trends, chances are they’ll be packed.

  • thetawake

    “the NRA is a lethal organization” Hahahaha, Too funny!

    As horrific and inconceivable as it was, saying that a gun show, 40 miles away, shouldn’t go on? If a child on a bike is hit by a car at an intersection, we don’t disallow cars in the intersection, so…….

    • BeeKaaay

      Planned Parenthood are more lethal than the NRA.

      • BayushiZero

        Planned Parenthood is more lethal than any combination of the Plague, Genghis Khan, Mao tse-Tung, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, and Adolf Hitler.

        Planned Parenthood makes all of the above look like pikers.

      • BayushiZero

        Planned Parenthood is more lethal than any combination of the Plague, Genghis Khan, Mao tse-Tung, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, and Adolf Hitler.

        Planned Parenthood makes all of the above look like pikers.

  • J.R. Salzman

    Gun control: the idea that being a defenseless victim is intellectually and morally superior to defending oneself.

    • Catchance

      Yes. Bill Whittle calls it “unearned moral superiority”. That’s what keeps all liberals warm at night… the thought that they’re morally superior to anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

      • http://twitter.com/crazytas1 ricci

        they are morally superior to me as much as my dog is altho he has more sense, he knows when to be quiet

  • FilleGitane
  • disqus_LASIg6epmj

    There’s also an Eastman show this weekend in the Atl area.

    • GaryTheBrave

      To Tyshun Felton,

      The reason Marilyn Manson was protested is because he makes crappy music.

  • kayakingfatso

    The man using his kid to push his agenda should be ashamed. These people disgust me.

  • Catchance

    The one that frosts me is the child holding a sign that says, “The NRA kills our kids”. Talk about indoctrination.

    • BeeKaaay

      Yup. When in reality it is abortion killing our kids.

      • http://guyaverage.blogspot.com/ Guy Average

        Over 3500 children per day murdered by abortionists, with not even one tear from Obama.

        • BeeKaaay

          Obama and his leftwingwacko ilk LOVE abortion. That is because they are bloodthirsty. They rail against gun violence against children because children do not die in their approved manner: being ripped apart limb from limb.

          • Tom Bannigan

            It’s voter suppression. What if some of those unborn were to think for themselves?

          • BeeKaaay

            Then they wouldn’t become Marxists and thus are a threat to Marxists today. That’s another reason they want babies dead.

          • Ronald

            Obama certainly supports the right to have an abortion. We can disagree that this should be a woman’s right, but to call the man bloodthirsty? I’m not so sure that Obama loves abortion.

            It reminds me of an episode of Boston Legal I saw. The liberal character on the show admitted that he hated abortion, and it made him very uncomfortable, but he thought that it was necessary. I personally disagreed with him, but I don’t think all liberals love abortion, and are bloodthirsty.

            The president of the United States of America is liberal, is human, and is prone to making mistakes. He is a man. He is fallible. Every president has been and they will continue to be. And there will always be people on both sides of the political spectrum that will demonize and hate them as a result.

            Bush was hated by many, Obama is hated by many. The next president will be hated too. I just wish we could talk to our opponents with respect and in good faith, instead of labelling and treating them as a homogenous group of evil persons. It’s hard to find common ground, and solve the country’s problems if we continue to fight, bicker and lob insults back and forth. Us conservatives should set the higher example and take the lead in this regard.

          • BeeKaaay

            ” I’m not so sure that Obama loves abortion.”

            When he sees children not as gifts, but as punishments, and that he supports children dying after they survive a bloody violent ordeal….

            He Lub-lubs abortion and I may be understating that.

    • Vonda Rochelle

      Absolutely!!!! The sign should read “My parents are ignorant about gun safety so I’m holding this sign to prove it”

    • Vonda Rochelle

      Absolutely!!!! The sign should read “My parents are ignorant about gun safety so I’m holding this sign to prove it”

    • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.turekgarrett Lauren Turek Garrett

      oh they do, the NRA kills…indirectly

      • tredglx

        Abortion kills directly. Where’s your moral outrage to that, Lauren?

      • tredglx

        Abortion kills directly. Where’s your moral outrage to that, Lauren?

      • Chevypowered

        Gangs Kill indirectly as well, you know such as drive by shootings when gang members rarely hit their target and kill innocent bystanders.

      • Chevypowered

        Gangs Kill indirectly as well, you know such as drive by shootings when gang members rarely hit their target and kill innocent bystanders.

      • BayushiZero

        Stupid people kill… indirectly. Guess you’ll need locking up then? For public safety.

      • BayushiZero

        Stupid people kill… indirectly. Guess you’ll need locking up then? For public safety.

      • Joe W.

        And Planned Parenthood kills 3500 daily….DIRECTLY…You cool with THAT, Lauren??

      • Joe W.

        And Planned Parenthood kills 3500 daily….DIRECTLY…You cool with THAT, Lauren??

      • Catchance

        Oh, Lauren, it looks like you got on the wrong thread. The one you were looking for is #LowInformationVoterThoughts.

      • Catchance

        Oh, Lauren, it looks like you got on the wrong thread. The one you were looking for is #LowInformationVoterThoughts.

      • http://www.facebook.com/TheToad Thomas Duensing

        OP: Actually, according to government statistics, legal gun owners prevent more crimes than the police. Look into it and educate yourself, break away from your herd.

      • http://www.facebook.com/TheToad Thomas Duensing

        OP: Actually, according to government statistics, legal gun owners prevent more crimes than the police. Look into it and educate yourself, break away from your herd.

      • Tom Bannigan

        Lauren if you are so concerned about criminals getting shot, then please donoate your time to educating them for better/safer lines of work.

      • 1rad4x4

        hammers and clubs kill more people than rifles do each year. I don’t see them protesting Home Depot.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.turekgarrett Lauren Turek Garrett

          Hammers are used by carpenters to build houses. AR-15’S have one use, killing.

          • 1rad4x4

            you’re almost thinking, but I’m sure that hurts too much. Most carpenter use power-nailers.
            I have used mine to PROTECT my LIFE from other humans( more than one occassion). Also, I have used mine to protect my livestock from predators, so I can feed my family. Instead of letting the rest of society pay my way!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Oh really? What weapons do they directly manufacture? Do they covertly place weapons in the hands of criminals, despite the most stringent of laws? By your line of reasoning, is the first amendment and the ACLU also responsible for hate speech and deaths following “spontaneous protests stemming from a Youtube video”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.turekgarrett Lauren Turek Garrett

      oh they do, the NRA kills…indirectly

    • $30158943

      Instead let’s talk about accurate whether it is true. Too bad we can’t ask the 28 people killed, I bet they would have had an opinion.

      • Tom Bannigan

        I am sure they were asking where their protection was while they were dieing.

      • Catchance

        If you’re really interested in accuracy, instead of reading Huff’NPuff Post or Daily Beast or watching MSNBC, here’s a statistical website, which shows how many people whose lives have been saved in self-defense using a gun.

        http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp

        • $30158943

          .5% of 4000 people claimed that without any verification. Meanwhile 16,700 murders with firearms not counting all the accidental deaths. Thanks for the facts

          • Catchance

            National violent crime rates that soared for 30 years from the early 1960s began to decrease markedly since 1993. Last December the FBI reported that murder (including murder by guns) and other violent crime rates fell again by 6.4% during the first half of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010. And yet, one type of violent crime has increased dramatically since the 1990’s… that of the single shooter killing multiple people at one time.

            So, why would that be? Why would this type of crime increase while all the rest decreased? Possibly when the ACLU lobbied for outlawing the committing of people to mental institutions against their will, and many of them were let out to roam around with no meds. Lanza was obviously mentally ill, and in fact we find that he killed his mother because he found out that she was planning on having him committed.

            A 2011 University of California at Berkeley study found that states with strong civil-commitment laws have about a one-third lower homicide rate.

          • 1rad4x4

            According to logic, we should ban hammers and clubs before we ban rifles. and that’s using FBI statistics.

            Can you tell what law would have prevented the murderer from committing….murder? Isn’t murder already illegal?

          • $30158943

            BS. Guns are far and away leading cause of homicide. You can keep your hammer

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            They are a tool of homicide. They are not the cause. That designation is reserved for the individual who uses that tool to enact mayhem.

          • 1rad4x4

            not according to the FBI’s statistics, But then you are a lib so the facts don’t matter to you.

          • 1rad4x4

            you still can’t give me a law that would have prevented this tragedy.

          • $30158943

            As soon as you show me those FBI statistics.

          • 1rad4x4

            http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-11.

            323 by rifle. 356 by shotgun.
            496 by blunt object. 726 Personal weapons(hands, fists, feet, etc)

            like I said the truth does not matter to liberals!

          • $30158943

            8500 by firearms, you can keep your club you neanderthal

          • 1rad4x4

            Would you feel better if they were pushed in front of a subway train? Or aborted as a fetus? But you change your questions and you deny the facts! None of the assault weapons ban stopped any crimes anywhere?

          • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.turekgarrett Lauren Turek Garrett

            I love how anti choice or pro lifers love the death penalty and guns. Crazy boneheads.

          • John L. Krueger

            There’s a huge difference between executing a guilty murderer and ripping apart an innocent unborn child. Who’s the bonehead?

          • John L. Krueger

            There’s a huge difference between executing a guilty murderer and ripping apart an innocent unborn child. Who’s the bonehead?

          • Ronald

            State-sponsored murder is different.

          • 1rad4x4

            I love how Libs will kill innocent children but, love deranged murderers( but won’t keep them in THEIR home).

          • 1rad4x4

            Would you feel better if they were pushed in front of a subway train? Or aborted as a fetus? But you change your questions and you deny the facts! None of the assault weapons ban stopped any crimes anywhere?

          • 1rad4x4

            You asked for the stats, here they are! Where is your law?

          • 1rad4x4

            You asked for the stats, here they are! Where is your law?

          • Catchance

            But it isn’t “firearms” they’re talking about banning, now is it? It’s those nasty old automatic “assault weapons” (aka rifles) that make them so hysterical.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            According to the FBI, the number you are citing is near the one that includes self inflicted, accidental, and purposeful deaths.

          • John L. Krueger

            “Thanks for the facts?”

            Facts don’t seem to be your strong suit.

            According to the 2011 FBI Crime Statistics, there were 8,583 homicides by firearms, NOT 16,700. Over half are tied to some other crime or gang related. This in a country with over 270 MILLION firearms with a population over 300 million. You are twice as likely to have someone kill you with their bare hands than to be shot with a rifle of ANY kind.

            The overall homicide rate and the homicide rate by firearms in the US has been declining over the past 5 years even as the number of guns per hundred people has gone UP over the same period.

        • $30158943

          .5% of 4000 people claimed that without any verification. Meanwhile 16,700 murders with firearms not counting all the accidental deaths. Thanks for the facts

        • WisconsinPatriot

          Whoa there Catchance……..those are facts. You are talking to a lib, you will need to dumb that down a bit!

          • $30158943

            Facts that support gun control. Whoops

      • WisconsinPatriot

        Well, gee Cry. 26 of them were 1st graders. Someone should have been empowered to PROTECT THEM. Take your stupidity back to the huffypo!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Considering you don’t even know the number of individuals killed, I somehow doubt that you care about them-other than making political points and dancing on their graves. Where is your righteous indignation for children killed prior to birth or children murdered in the gun free havens of Chicago or Detroit?

    • A Willful Boy

      I was gonna say that child is too young to have kids, but in America 2013, I don’t know…

    • A Willful Boy

      I was gonna say that child is too young to have kids, but in America 2013, I don’t know…

    • Tom Bannigan

      The parent needs to be arrested for child endangerment. I mean one of those guns could go off right? /SARC

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IQIGXRVWW5XRETNV25R4FATCOM ssenecal5000

      Yes and if they parents how put the sign in their child’s hand actually thought guns themselves were dangerous they wouldn’t have put that sign in their own child’s hands.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IQIGXRVWW5XRETNV25R4FATCOM ssenecal5000

      Yes and if they parents how put the sign in their child’s hand actually thought guns themselves were dangerous they wouldn’t have put that sign in their own child’s hands.

    • Ronald

      Unfortunately kids almost always carry their parent’s beliefs into adulthood. Whether it be political views, religious beliefs, etc, kids get indoctrinated by their parents. It’s a fact of life. Let’s hope they are teaching their kids that holding signs peacefully is the limit. God forbid they become more extreme in their protestations.

    • Ronald

      Unfortunately kids almost always carry their parent’s beliefs into adulthood. Whether it be political views, religious beliefs, etc, kids get indoctrinated by their parents. It’s a fact of life. Let’s hope they are teaching their kids that holding signs peacefully is the limit. God forbid they become more extreme in their protestations.

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    I suppose the word ‘antique’ really doesn’t get through does it? 1700’s? I highly doubt they would have found that fateful Bushmaster there. The stupid, it still hurts.

    • Let’em Crash

      They could have least found a Tommy Gun to complain about. But then, who on the left wants to destroy a talking point by revealing they cost well over $15k, as do almost all other civilian legal automatic weapons. Alternatively, upon discovering the government has caused limited availability to only a certain economic class, just might cause some to rally, like when they fought to keep Saturday Night Specials flowing to poor neighborhoods.

  • BeeKaaay

    The sign should read “ABORTION KILLS OUR CHILDREN”

    But leftwingwackos approve of ripping children apart limb from limb because they are bloodthirsty.

  • Catchance

    Here’s some interesting statistics:

    “According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/03/FBI-More-People-Killed-With-Hammers-and-Clubs-Each-Year-Than-With-Rifles

    Perhaps that child’s sign should read: “Carpenters Local Union kills our kids”.

    Morons.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.turekgarrett Lauren Turek Garrett

      I must be on the wrong thread..is this the Teabaggers for prosperity site?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.turekgarrett Lauren Turek Garrett

      I must be on the wrong thread..is this the Teabaggers for prosperity site?

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    Gee, where’s my sign, Honk if you support aggressive mental health treatment, inspite of society’s denial that there aren’t crazy people running loose and care free?

    • Catchance

      Perfect!

    • Catchance

      Perfect!

    • Tom Bannigan

      Yes, and now they want you to be unarmed around all those crazy people.

  • R0nin

    …and those on the left continue to pool their ignorance.

  • linzyloo2

    Soooo… It’s morally wrong to have an antique gun show but okay to be the town that hosts the Jerry Springer show. I also think The Maury show is taped there too. I can see where this is going.

    • wwbdinct

      Ha Ha. Good point.

    • wwbdinct

      Ha Ha. Good point.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Jerry Springer ALONE causes more murders than the NRA

  • orringtonmom (D)

    isn’t “just an hour away” in CT about as far as you can get? maybe not, but saying it is in the shadows of sandy hook is kinda extreme…

    • http://guyaverage.blogspot.com/ Guy Average

      If you are in the geographical center of the state you are about 75-80 miles from the farthest corner.

      • orringtonmom (D)

        that’s what i figured.

      • Ken Alan Draper

        in most states 75-80 miles would barely get you out of the county.

  • GaryTheBrave

    That group was ALMOST as large as a Fluke rally.

    Seriously, these anti-gun nuts probably wouldn’t qualify to purchase a gun. Trying to stick it to the NRA means they don’t know what the Association stands for as far as gun control is concerned.

    The NRA does not support the possession of firearms by Convicted felons, Illicit drug users/dealers, Those adjudicated to be criminally insane.

    The NRA does support the imposition of additional prison time for possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime. So even if the base penalty is a year, possessing a gun at the scene adds 5-10 years.

    I realize most folks here likely knew this but there are some who may not.

  • Jack Deth

    Geeeee…..

    Another, though smaller “Fluke Sized” protest. Big Whoop!

    The media and their anti-gun, ignorant lackeys are stretching this in more ways than Silly Putty.

    With about as much effect.

    Besides, many people are interested in Blunderbusses and seven barreled Nock Rifles.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Good for the organizers. No need to pay any attention to utterly false, weaponized outrage. It could have been 1 yr., 10 yrs, 4 miles, or 100 miles. THe gun-control wingnuts(protesting with your kid? And you say guns are evil?) would have still raised a stink

  • lcky9

    Funny I belong to the NRA and my kids are fine.. maybe these peoples kids would be safer IF they DID belong to the NRA…

  • lcky9

    Funny I belong to the NRA and my kids are fine.. maybe these peoples kids would be safer IF they DID belong to the NRA…

  • emenot

    I feel great sadness of the killing and death of innocent people including children and adults and there is no excuse for such acts, but these two groups of American are enjoying their Constitution Rights, the First and Second Amendment!

    • Catchance

      Well, technically only one group is enjoying both… the protesters are exercising their First Amendment right. They don’t believe in the Second.

      • Linexof Brevard

        They (Liberals for the most part) do like to cherry pick the laws they like, don’t they.

  • emenot

    I feel great sadness of the killing and death of innocent people including children and adults and there is no excuse for such acts, but these two groups of American are enjoying their Constitution Rights, the First and Second Amendment!

  • emenot

    The only way to stop a person from wanting to kill you for no reason is preceed him first, gun control do the opposite! I bet you Lanza know the school is a “No Gun Zone”!

  • emenot

    The only way to stop a person from wanting to kill you for no reason is preceed him first, gun control do the opposite! I bet you Lanza know the school is a “No Gun Zone”!

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to ignorant, gun grabbing, knee jerk, Pavlovian Jellyfish:

    “Profits pound Political Correctness in perpetuity!”

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to ignorant, gun grabbing, knee jerk, Pavlovian Jellyfish:

    “Profits pound Political Correctness in perpetuity!”

  • http://twitter.com/ObamaFactCheck ObamaFactCheck.org

    That little girl holding the “NRA Kills Kids” sign is disgusting. #FailedParenting

  • Steve_J

    Obama has probably killed more children with his failed Afghanistan policies than any combined number of mass school murders. Why aren’t they protesting that?

  • v1cious

    So a gun show comes to Connecticut while people are still grieving, and the right sees it as a victory for the constitution…. flashback to 1999, Marilyn Manson comes to Columbine almost six months after the shootings, and Republicans protest the show. Tell me what’s wrong with this picture.

    • Catchance

      The organization that put together the gun show had to do it months in advance…long before the shooting. They might have been able to back out, but probably thought that people were smart enough to realize that an ANTIQUE gun show is like going to a museum… people weren’t there to buy ‘assault weapons’ but to look at the antique guns.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.turekgarrett Lauren Turek Garrett

        Did anyone on this site consider voting for President Obama?

        • Catchance

          Bless your heart.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.turekgarrett Lauren Turek Garrett

        Did anyone on this site consider voting for President Obama?

  • Linexof Brevard

    Only an hour away, only forty miles, only a month after.

    What’s the guideline? 2 hours away? A state away?

    Do we need to close all the gun stores in Newtown for a couple on months? Years?
    What works for you people?

    Other than removing the 2nd amendment?
    Have a debate, not a knee-jerk reaction and you will find we will listen.
    Gun shows are a great place for me to show my products.

    Hard to find a place to feel safer.

  • robertv

    Spoons cause obesity crisis in America!!!
    Backyard pools kill over 1000 children a year in America!!!

  • Grits.N.Jowls

    Fortunately anti-gunners are as unorganized as they normally are. I’d give them until about the springtime to get over their current “outrage” of the NRA and get ready for their spring vacations which they claim they can’t live without.

  • Grits.N.Jowls

    Fortunately anti-gunners are as unorganized as they normally are. I’d give them until about the springtime to get over their current “outrage” of the NRA and get ready for their spring vacations which they claim they can’t live without.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Yeah, and they’re still selling cars right down the road from the site of that fatal car crash yesterday.

    How much more of this idiocy will it take before this country starts to have a serious conversation about meaningful action to control stupid people?

  • Rodney Brungardt

    This shows the ignorance of some people in this country. I would be willing to bet that those who are whining about the NRA don’t know a thing about them. I have been a life member of the NRA for over 20 years and I don’t ever recall reading or hearing any other member calling for ANYONE to be murdered, let alone children. In fact it’s just the opposite, they promote safe and responsible firearm ownership sporting purposes and self DEFENSE. Get a clue people and do some research before spewing your misguided hate.