Yesterday I went to the gun show that is held each and every
3 months at a place about 20 miles from exactly where I reside.  The show has been operating for at least
twenty-5 years and I see the very same vendors and guests year soon after year. It’s
a medium-sized show as gun shows go, perhaps 150 vendors promoting all types of
guns and gun-connected stuff, perhaps 300 – 400 people wandering about at any one particular
time. The most well known place, of course, was the deli which functions the
usual hot dogs and fries, there was also a Dunkin’ Donuts kiosk exactly where a cup of
coffee ran 3 bucks.
I’m not saying that I carried out any type of scientific
survey, but it’s not that tricky to get a quite superior study on who goes to a
gun shows these days. The people today walking up and down the aisles had been just about all
older White guys, possibly in their 60’s and above. The guys outnumbered the
females by at least ten to one particular – so substantially for all the speak about how females are
‘having into’ guns. Did I see any Brothers wandering about even although the
show’s place is significantly less than ten minutes from a medium-sized city which is at
least fifty % non-White?  No.
As for the people today who had been sitting behind the vendor
tables, most of them had been as old or older than the people who came to the show
to appear at guns. Of the 150 vendors, possibly about one particular-third had been promoting guns
but only a handful had been dealers with genuine gun shops, the rest had been collectors
who are licensed as dealers but do not basically run a genuine enterprise of any type.
It’s quick to spot the collectors as opposed to the genuine dealers, simply because the
collectors show guns that are at least a hundred years old. A 1903
Springfield rifle, for instance, may possibly have been manufactured prior to 1919, and I
saw at least 30 of these Globe War I vintage guns on vendor tables right here and
Of the 100 or so vendors who weren’t promoting guns,
about half of them sold optics, holsters or knives, the other half had been promoting
all types of junk which includes jewelry, military-surplus clothes, books, targets
and other types of crap. I purchased a good, handmade leather holster for my Glock
17 I also got into a lively discussion with a guy who knew ‘for a reality’ that
each and every Democratic Presidential candidate, all 20 of them, had received significant
payments from some oligarch in the Ukraine.
Ten years ago gun shows constantly had a couple of vendors
promoting military memorabilia, in specific Globe War II medals, uniforms and
helmets, which includes stuff allegedly worn by Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima or the
Nazi SS.  These things have disappeared
from the gun show circuit, not simply because of political correctness, but simply because
no one remembers or even knows something about a war which ended far more than 70
And yes, the NRA was at the show simply because
America’s 𔃱st civil rights organization’ generally has a booth at each and every gun
show. For all the speak about how the NRA is going down the tubes and
Wayne-o is such a major crook, the NRA rep seemed to be getting a superior time
handing out applications and a list of upcoming NRA events.
One particular major transform: I didn’t see a single vendor promoting MAGA
hats or t-shirts extolling the virtues of Donald Trump. In reality, for all the
speak about how gun owners are the bedrock of the alt-correct, the show was
decidedly non-political in each and every respect. If any person was walking about with a
petition calling on Nancy Pelosi to ‘open up’ the impeachment course of action, he was
maintaining really substantially out of sight.
This show requires spot 3 miles away from an
inner-city neighborhood exactly where shootings are a each day aspect of life. Maybe
somebody can clarify to me how closing down this show would do something to minimize
gun violence in that nearby neighborhood or anyplace else.