Jay Leno showed just how much of a empty suit he is today by cancelling his long scheduled speech a the "State of the Industry" dinner during SHOT Show. Why did he cave? Because of a comment from a family member from one of the victims of Sandy Hook.
"Like, really, Jay? You said you support background checks, but then you're emceeing for the gun lobby that fought against them?" asked Erica Lafferty, the youngest daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung.
"That doesn't add up, and no one, especially not those of us who have had our families torn apart by gun violence, are laughing," she said.
I am equally shocked. I would expect a principal's child to know better than to start a sentence with "Like, really".
It's not as if NSSF kidnapped Leno to bring him to the event at the last minute and hid what it was. This is the largest show in the shooting world and Leno's been scheduled for months.
So, we'll find a new host and I'll continue watching Letterman.
Our friends at We Like Shooting talked about it during their show last night:
Here's what NSSF had to say:
We are clearly disappointed by Jay Leno's decision not to perform at the 2015 SHOT Show State of the Industry Dinner. He unilaterally cancelled his promised appearance due to pressure from the anti-gun lobby, which included false statements about our industry and its commitment to genuine firearms safety, which we attempted to personally correct with him, but to no avail.
We are not deterred by their publicity seeking nor are we unfamiliar with the bullying political tactics of the gun control groups that seem to have as little respect for the First Amendment as they continually demonstrate with regard to the Second Amendment.
We are proud of the many programs that we run that meaningfully contribute to public safety including our long standingProject ChildSafe and Don’t Lie for the Other Guy initiatives in addition to our members everyday work in compliance with comprehensive federal and state laws. We will not allow the lawful commerce in firearms nor our industry to be demonized and we will continue to speak out for the Second Amendment rights of the millions of law-abiding citizens who are our customers.
Despite Mr. Leno’s cancellation, we look forward to having our biggest and best State of the Industry Dinner to date with a performer that respects the contributions of our industry and the customers it supports.