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Industry watch HAVA — Needed More Than Ever AVA — Honored American Veterans Afield — is dedicated to helping disabled combat veterans, and injured active duty military and their families. Since 2007, HAVA has assisted disabled veterans with their healing process through guided hunts, shooting events and other outdoor sports activities. In November, the organization held its Fifth Annual HAVA National Family Day in Texas, co-hosted by the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD). It was a day of shooting, prizes, family fun, food and fellowship. Nearly 300 disabled veterans and injured active duty military and their families attended the event at the SAPD Training Academy. “These warriors’ commitment to America’s defense was unwavering during their service, and HAVA is committed to their support. With the help of the SAPD and all of the San Antoniobased military community, we will continue to increase our service to these deserving families who were ‘all-in’ when their nation called,” said Tom Taylor, HAVA chairman. HAVA plans to hold its Sixth Annual HAVA National Family Day in San Antonio in November. Between now and then, the organization will sponsor hunts, special events, field a team for the Shooting Industry Masters and hold its Second Annual National Family Day — East in June at the ACADEMI training facility in Moyock, N.C. HAVA is needed more than ever. We still have soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines on the battlefield. Some of them will return wounded, injured. There are thousands of others who are still in Russ Thurman H A disabled veteran takes part in the Fifth Annual HAVA National Family Day. recovery, and will be for years. As the nation turns its attention to other matters, our citizens may waver in honoring and helping our warriors. While we cannot control what others will do, we as an industry must never lessen our commitment to those who have gone in harm’s way to defend our country. To learn how you can support HAVA, contact Tom Taylor at (781) 789-2539. Also visit HAVA’s new website, www.honoredveterans.org. Packing In Pink Partners With Blade-Tech im Page, founder and president of Packing in Pink, is delighted with her partnership with Blade-Tech Industries, which is manufacturing her line of pink holsters and magazine pouches. “It has been a mind-blowing experience,” Page said. “The whole team at Blade-Tech has really gone above and beyond for this project. To see the words ‘Packing In Pink has partnered up with Blade-Tech’ left me in awe.” The new line of pink thermoplastic gear is made in the USA, and is designed for daily concealment wear, use at the range or during competition. All the holsters are IDPA and IPSC legal. K The new line is available now. At SHOT Show, Page will present the line at the BladeTech booth #1625. Be sure to visit her and place a massive number of orders. You can reach Page by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit www.packinginpink.com. The Fumble Of Bob Costas BC’s Bob Costas fumbled his attempt to lecture the nation on firearms and “our current gun culture” during his halftime commentary on Sunday Night Football Dec. 2. Addressing the murder-suicide of a Kansas City Chiefs player, Costas said, “Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.” The fallout was predicable, with NBC appropriately blasted. Initially, Costas said “My mistake is I left it open for too much miscommunication,” but then appeared on talk shows, further expanding his opinion on guns, while reinforcing that he really 114 N doesn’t know what he is talking about. While we have complimented NBC for its expanded coverage of our U.S. Olympic Shooting Team’s performances at this year’s Summer Games, we will not let such misguided, uninformed dialogue, such as presented by Bob Costas, to go unchallenged. Just as we did earlier this year in our cover story “Remington Calls Out NBC TV,” we will confront NBC — and others — who present firearms, gun ownership and the industry in a manner that is inaccurate and designed to belittle law-abiding citizens, restrict the Second Amendment and cripple the firearms industry. Continued on page 113 www.shootingindustry.com • NEW BUSINESS YEAR EXTRA 2013 Subscribe to SI DIGITAL Dave Gast