[UPDATE] Locals Ask to Stop Suffern Gun Show Next Year [VIDEO]

The show is March 2-3 at the Crowne Plaza

Updated Editor's Note: The gun show originally scheduled for March 2 and 3 at the Crown Plaza Suffern was cancelled today. 

The hotel issued the following comment on Wednesday about its decision to cancel the show.

"Our entire nation is mourning the senseless murders of 26 children and teachers last Friday in Newtown, Ct.," said Joshua Goldstein, the General Partner of Empire Executive LLC, which owns the The Crowne Plaza Suffern. "In the wake of this horrific event, our organization has decided that we do not want to be associated with gun shows. A loophole in New York State's gun control law that allows private dealers to sell firearms without conducting background checks must be eliminated. We informed the promoter yesterday that we were no longer willing to host the event."

When New City’s Jack Borowsky stood before the Rockland County Legislature during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting, he warned the legislators he wasn’t a good public speaker. What followed was a passionate speech where Borowsky talked about the recent elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT, while fighting back tears. Then, Borowsky got angry. He asked the legislators to stop a gun show from coming to Suffern March 2-3 next year at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

“We need to send them a letter tonight saying that even though you have the right to do this, we don’t want you,” he said. “This is no the time. This is not the place. This is our community.”

Earlier this week, Westchester officials opted to not bring the Sportsmen Firearm and Knife Show back to the County Center in White Plains come 2013.

The Suffern show is being organized by Big Al’s Gun and Premiere Knife Shows. According to Big Al’s website, shows for next year in Danbury, CT, and Poughkeepsie are canceled, but no reason is given.

Chairwoman of the Legislature Harriet Cornell and Legislator Aney Paul both told Borowsky to come to the next Public Safety Committee meeting to discuss the issue further. Neither knew if there was anything the county could do to stop the show from coming to Suffern.

Paul said she was going to look into the county’s options before the meeting.

tom kelty December 21, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Do they still sell liquor there? at the hotel. Perhaps they could be more understanding of those MILLIONS who have lost a loved one or more to the effects of the sale of liquor and drunk drivers.... I think more INNOCENT lives would be saved...CHILDREN and ADULTS.
Joan K December 21, 2012 at 01:09 AM
The mentality to clamp down on gun shows is mind boggling. If someone is bent on evil, there are so many ways to do it. Those with bad intent witll just get more creative and carry out their dastardly deeds in some other manner. I guess no one remembers 9/11/01.
Anthony Mele December 21, 2012 at 01:19 AM
We speak the same language. Sarcasm from the land of commonsense. We live in strange times.
Anthony Mele December 21, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Joan: You re right. That is why it is up to us for cooler heads to prevail. It is our moral duty and right to be secure and protect ourselves without infringement by an oppressive regime.
Anthony Mele December 21, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I would again, remind our elected officials of their Oath to preserve, protect and defend the US Constitution. I took that Oath over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. I realize then as I do now, that Oath does not come with an expiration date or trumped by political expediency, popularity or safe comfort. It means for you to keep that Oath by your word of honor.
Jack Borowsky December 21, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Anthony I really think you owe me a big thank you. While you and other gun dealers make money by creating unrealistic fear in people, in the blink of an eye your gun show in Westchester and in Rockland were shut down. Now you more free time to make post after post here. What type of person has time to make 30 posts? I look forward to giving MANY more days off in the future. Feel free to make another 30 posts, I am going back to my life and won't be wasting my time here. Goodbye, hopefully forever.
Issy December 21, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Those are ridiculous meaningless examples. The simple fact is that as a society we strive to make our country and the world as safe as possible, As a consequence we have developed seat belts and airbags for cars, safety procedures for planes, Amber Alert, etc etc. As it stands we have a gun violence problem far in access to any other country. We need to find a way to allow people to continue to have guns while making it safer. And if this means we have to put certain restrictions on gun ownership or develop better gun safety, so be it. Our children deserve better.
Clemona December 21, 2012 at 02:42 AM
"It means for you to keep that Oath by your word of honor." Might as well be speaking Greek when it comes to the liberals on Patch.
Issy December 21, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Don't be facetious, of course everyone remembers 9/11 and we learned from it, by introducing improved airline safety and fighter deployment etc. What lessons will learn from Newtown? That 30 round clips are not good for deer hunting? That assault rifles are not family friendly? There are many issues where things need to change, mental health, school security, but what we should not do is just automatically take gun ownership off the table of discussion just because 'Johnny' wants to play commando in the woods with his buddies. Our Children deserve better.
Issy December 21, 2012 at 02:57 AM
So what honor do the victims of Newtown have?
tom kelty December 21, 2012 at 03:18 AM
A gun as she owned is typically used for target competition. Why she allowed her son , who, in my understanding had mental issues, to have access to it....is beyond me. I guess she paid the ultimate price for that decision and tragically so then did 26 totally innocent children/adults. That is extremely sad. Nothing can bring them back or reverse what happened. I don't see how stopping a gun /knives show in March aides in resolving what SOCIETY and all the GLAMOUR on killings and shooting provided to many children. Until children are taught to respect each other BY WITNESSING what their parents do none of this will help. It is societies fault, the break down of families, the time NOT spent with your children all these things add to why these things happen. If this kid had mental issues then this woman did horribly wrong having those guns access able. I think we have seen many ways for people to hurt each other throughout the years... whether it was bombings...I don't hear anyone closing down the internet???? (plenty of info there.) or other means. I dont see anyone closing bars.... restaurants, or weddings about the 71 innocent people killed each day as a result of LEGALLY bought liquor! why is that?
tom kelty December 21, 2012 at 03:31 AM
how about if you tell them it is to SAVE THEIR HUMAN LIFE?
tom kelty December 21, 2012 at 03:40 AM
NR...thought you might want to read the 2nd amd...."A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." I don't see where it says what type of gun. You can't secure anything if the ones you are protecting against have assault rifles and you have bb guns.
wait arming ducks?????I thought we only let them run our towns and county!!!!isnt there a duck house on maple ave??then again do people waddle like some of those I have seen in the parking lot..
good points!!!!!as we in clarksclownville are all too aware the goverments disgraceful push to create "75,000 a year part time jobs for answering telephones in the clowtown highway department for 25 hours a week ..talk about fiscal cliff thinking? we have mini mt everest in clowntown..we should ask a few of the employees if they want to make 75,00 a hour a part time santas!!
steve smith December 21, 2012 at 03:17 PM
looks like jack took some whuppin & really threw in the towel.-----anthony,---- do you have a store? i'm a late 19th & early 20th century enthusiast.
steve smith December 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
another point to the media .......all of these losers [the perps] are nobodys. they do these acts to make a name for themselves.all the media does is to perpetuate these events by giving these punks what they seek .......F A M E no one but police & victims families should know their names.-----it wont stop but darn well'd slow down.
Anthony Mele December 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
steve: I didn't intent to offend anyone just discuss this emotional issue from a reasonable point of view. I do. Great period stuff. 914 329-0338 feel free to call and I ll give you the details off line.
Issy December 21, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Seriously are really trying to sell guns on a post about gun control? You are very disturb.
Issy December 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Should have read.... Seriously are you really trying to sell guns on a post about gun control? You are very disturb.
Orangetown Citizen December 21, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Hmmm...for someone who has previously posted how smart and business savvy you are, you certainly have opened yourself up to a defamation lawsuit here if Mr. Mele choses to pursue
Anthony Mele December 23, 2012 at 05:15 AM
I have long lectured on the need to redress the school lock down policy. Locking kids in a room or facility with an active shooter in it, is a recipe for disaster. It is counter intuitive in practice and real world exercise. Sadly, it took this recent atrocity to turn attention to it. Our attention needs to be on protection for the defenseless and security planning at the municipal level. Harassing hotel owners to cancel trade shows are fun for those with nothing constructive to add that would stop cold the malevolence that commit these all too long list of crimes nation-wide.
Anthony Mele December 23, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Mr. Borowsky: It is a deluded mind that would consider that any of us here, pro or con or benign, require your permission to express our opinions here Sir. But, if a Thank you is what you are asking from me, ok, Thank you. That was easy. Are you threatening the PATCH now? Since you tell us that Hotel Owners call you up out of the blue to let you know they cancelled a Gun Show that has been a customer of their's for years on running. I am sure the PATCH is terrified of you and is our Legislature to hear you tell it.
Son of Liberty December 23, 2012 at 04:49 PM
That guy is all upset because the "number one sale item" at the gun show is an "automatic weapon with high capacity rounds". 100% incorrect. 1.Can't buy an automatic weapon in NY. 2.The guns themselves don't hold any bullets, need a magazine for that. 3.Magazines are limited to ten rounds in NY for all but LE. He's gonna have a stroke up there because he is ignorant and misinformed. Typical lib, I hope he does stroke out, one less lib. Then you got the Journal News publishing a map with all the LEGAL handgun owners (by county permit) addresses posted. This liberal bullying has got to stop. How do you justify putting peoples families in danger because of irresponsible uninformed left wing bigotry? If one of those houses are targeted by people looking to steal those weapons and/or hurt an occupant, the "journalists" better be held responsible. And if you liberal bullies ever get your nerve up enough to try and confiscate peoples legally owned weapons, you better find a hard point, because no one is giving them up without a fight. Best be careful what you wish for. Molon Labe. Keep America Free
Anthony Mele December 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
hand gun owner map? where? Do they also publish who owns how much jewelry and other valuables?
Anthony Mele December 23, 2012 at 06:34 PM
The rhetoric is unreasonable and proposals are misguided. No one has made a solid suggestion about how to achieve security and protection for the unprotected. This virulent hatred that is agenda driven is the greater danger. Phobias and self induced anxiety are not how rationale decisions are made and clearly not how legislation should be crafted. Matter of fact the video here is a text book example of phobia, anxiety, misguided objectives, and disinformation. The gentleman demands the government use their onerous powers to the point of abuse and obstruct legal commerce, where just one valium can do the job more effectively.
Son of Liberty December 23, 2012 at 06:55 PM
go on lohud.com Front page, in the newspaper too. Incredible. Treating legal handgun owners like pedophiles.
Son of Liberty December 23, 2012 at 07:28 PM
http://www.lohud.com/interactive/article/20121223/NEWS01/121221011/Map-Where-gun-permits-your-neighborhood- you can zoom all the way in to specific addresses and view names Crazy!
Anthony Mele December 23, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I am encouraged to see so many of my neighbors are armed. Now, since no one else has even thought about taking responsibility should a home owner be specifically targeted by criminals in an attempt to steal their firearms, thhey will be obliged to respond using deadly force. Why? Because now the home-owner must conclude that a criminal who is not deterred by the fact their is a gun owner at this home, can only mean they are not their to steal silverware or TVs. The gun -owner has an added responsibility to take all measures that their firearms do not fall into the hands of such miscreants. Beside the natural precautions, they cannot permit themselves to fall hostage in trade for access to their firearms locks. Special consideration and even dispensation will have to be granted to them, if the intruder is killed. If the homeowner is killed or injured; then LOHUD becomes as much as an accomplice to the crime as the perpetrator. It is as if they put out an ad to jewel thieves listing the names and addresses of diamonds and cash. Before you say a criminal will request a FOIA to target his victim, consider they will also leave an evidence trail.
Son of Liberty December 23, 2012 at 09:40 PM
They don't have to FOIL it. It's already posted by the Journal News. All they need is a computer and and internet connection. This was a very bad decision on their part. Anyway, the castle rule always applies. If someone breaks the threshold into your home, you do whatever you have to do in order to protect you and yours.


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