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Water over the Dam

Notes from the North Woods

And therein lies its charm!

Regardless of advancements in weather monitoring equipment, satellite data and predictions of climate trends, in the Adirondacks, most folks are often unsure of what to expect until the storm finally appears from over the nearest hill.

At times, the weather will test our power and our will, but it’s always easy to face it from the warmer side of a windowsill.

The No Show Season

A few weeks ago, I dedicated an entire column to highlight a variety of local Sportsmans Shows hosted annually across the region. Since that time, I’ve already attended two shows, and I look forward to visiting a few others.

However, due to uncertain currents flowing through a river of political correctness, a once receptive climate for hosting such events has changed dramatically, especially in light of the horror that struck Newtown in December.

In fact, those same turbulent waters were responsible for turning a minor trickle into a raging river that recently washed over the entire sports show industry.

The trouble began in early January when a slight leak became trickle of water leaked over the dam of public opinion. Eventually, the leak turned into a torrent of concern, when a self-described soccer mom in Saratoga began circulating a petition to cancel a popular Gun Show scheduled for the Saratoga Springs City Center.

The New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates (NEACA), which has hosted the Saratoga show for many years fought back against an online petition to prevent the show. However, in the court of public opinion, the promoter's defiant attitude could not overcome a losing battle.

Eventually, the show's promoter, David Petronis, agreed to restrict the display and/or sale of certain types of firearms in an attempt to avoid further controversy. Primarily, the weapons responsible for stirring the ongoing controversy were AR-15, Bushmaster rifles, and similarly designed firearms which are collectively referred to as ‘assault rifles’.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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