To the Editor:
It appears the saying that the White House Administration likes most, “Never let a good disaster go to waste … “ or something like that, is in the forefront of this new gun controversy.
As with all good liberals on hearing of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., knees were jerked and jerks spewed nonsense from brains too twisted for rational solutions to real problems. “Ban the Guns” was again the shriek from the far left and still with knowing that banning anything never worked! “Ban guns” in the 1960s, “ban guns” in the 1980s, “ban guns” in the new century and “ban guns” now; irrational and repetitive same thoughts or actions expecting different outcomes can lead a person to the asylum. The noise has become louder and louder so I thought you all should be kept up to date.
Mark Baker, the same Director of the Saratoga Springs City Center, the one who has been my contact since I stopped at his hole-in–the-ground building project nearly three decades ago, is still there and is still on the side of the righteous. Amen! Early in 1984, our little company, NEACA, Inc., New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates, entered into an agreement to produce the first trade show at the City Center; an Antique Show in August. And right after that a Gun Show in September.
Bang, bang in succession, Mark had two shows booked before the cement pad was dry. This coming Arms Fair on Jan. 12-13 will be the fruition of many years efforts, great camaraderie with the City Center staff and result of a problem free show and excellent venue. This will also be our 90th show there. Let me say it again; 30 years, 90 shows, no problems! We just may be Mark’s best customer but, as most all of you know, most irritant because I like fairness and I like rules.
I digress to the past because that should prove a track record for the future, and it appears that the future of our Arms Fairs wants to be called into question. There is a petition circulating in Saratoga Springs, created by some person who may see herself as a slayer of dragons, we being the fire-breather. I have heard of 650 signatories to this instrument to ban our gun show from the city. To me, it doesn’t matter whether she ends up with 650 or 1,000 because our event is in the right. We have a track record, we also have a contract, including three more, we are a legitimate company doing legal things and we are responsible, sensible and sensitive adults who can stand a challenge but would rather challenge a problem and correct it. What problem these other people see is not all that clear to me. We are not cancelling our Arms Fair.
These past several weeks I have been asked for many interviews by the media and press because I, along with my wife, Cathy, run a gun shop in Mechanicville, have for about 35 years. They wanted my “expert” opinion on why things happen, what I intend to do and how I feel, all asked among other insidious questions posed after the Newtown, Conn. massacre.
Yes, it was an insane person who massacred children. I wept when I heard of it. I have grandkids of the same age and can feel the horror too. As I am sure all of you can. And now, seeing that Cathy and I also run the Saratoga Springs City Center Arms Fair, we again are fair game.
As far as Cathy and I are concerned, we are going ahead with business as usual; our Saratoga Springs Arms Fair will go on. We are going to ask our dealers to either not bring AR-15s or look-a-likes to this January show. But, considering that these are legal and practical long-range target firearms, some of them highly collectable and valuable, and if they feel they must then at least display them as under-table stock or in a box on the table.
The one final thing I would ask of you all is that you fight fire with fire. The Internet and social media sites are ablaze with articles wanting to ban this, that and even us. Use your skills on the web as well, post your Facebook facts, write your blog or respond to chats and chirps, tweet your Twitter and if you old folks really have to, plunk your magic twanger! But, get it done. Let the left know the right still rules and make contact with your friends and colleagues that our show should go on, for now and in the future.
President, NEACA, Inc.