Observation at yesterday's Gun Show


November 2, 2008, 08:56 AM
So my wife and I went the Fort Worth Gun Show this weekend, and while I knew it would be well attended, the longer I was there, the more you could sense the tension and the fear.

I know this topic has been done to death, but I couldn't help but think to myself that here was a group of people, vendors an patrons alike, who 99% of those in that convention center will never harm another individual with a firearm, yet they are genuinely afraid of having their rights taken away. We met so many good people yesterday, people who love the sport, love that their time is spent helping others protect themselves and their families, love educating people about firearms and firearm related activities. People who might have their living, their passion taken away for no fault of their own.

There was not a single booth in there set up for gangsters, ex-cons, or a clinic for the mastery of the overhand sideways grip. Yet to some in washington, they would like to treat the thousands that'll walk those floors this weekends like criminals.

A sad fact is that more people who walk the aisles of an auto show, are more likely to injur or kill someone with an automobile, yet I've never heard any talk of banning auto shows, or limiting the displacement of the V8 engine so as not to provide too much power that the operator might lose control and kill someone. Those rights are secure, but ours are at risk.

When we walked out of there I really thought to myself, I hope that down the road, I won't be saying to my kids, " You know, back in the good old days they used to have shows called gun shows, where people from all over would set up tables and sell any kind of gun you could imagine - it was a great time back then..."

So thanks for listening (reading). On a happier note when we did walk out of there we were carrying a new M&P compact for myslef, and a Glock 26 for my wife. It was awesome, we walked around, checking out different handguns, and after a few tables my wife said to me, "You know, I just must be a Glock girl." So we got her a 26 to complement her 19. It was a proud moment! When we met she was scared to death of guns. Now she is a "Glock girl!" If we can educate, include, and bring others in, maybe we can change enough minds.

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Kind of Blued
November 2, 2008, 09:06 AM
Good observations. I especially appreciated the (surprisingly true) automobile analogy.

...and hang on to that wife!

November 2, 2008, 11:22 AM
Vote. Be involved with the NRA. Stand up for your rights.

November 2, 2008, 12:59 PM
We are already hearing about the good old days when a 12 year old kid could order his own .22 rifle through the mail with no paperwork or trouble. Where were all the mass shootings then?

Do we have the right to keep and bear arms?
Do we have the right to assemble peacefully?
Is one man allowed to sell a lawful item to another man? This is all a gun show is.

November 2, 2008, 01:24 PM
The engine analogy is ok. For now. Some countries(Japan notably) do regulate the HP output of engines that car makers can sell on the market.(the number is 276hp, IIRC)

Just saying, the way things are these days, you can use that analogy, just to have it fired right back at you as they legislate your guns and your car at the same time out of spite. In other words, careful what you wish for!(or maybe just, careful what ideas you plant)

November 2, 2008, 01:26 PM
I stopped in at Specialty Sports last night and the ARs and AKs were flying off the shelves and the store was packed. I have nothing against people buying the guns, but if in addition to doing so they took ten minutes to write their elected officials and basically say, you will lose my vote if you ever introduce or support any gun control legislation. They would probably get a lot farther

Dirty Dawg
November 2, 2008, 01:57 PM
I was at the show this weekend as well. Lots of good folks, both buyers and sellers. The one thing I noticed was the crowd around all the "Black Rifles." I myself was looking to buy but never found the right weapon. Sign of the times I guess.

November 2, 2008, 02:06 PM
Matt-J2, that particular number was more of a "gentleman's agreement" between the Japanese government and the automakers. The automakers just fudged their way around it by selectively applying the dyno results. Sure, a particular motor only made that 276hp at 4,000rpm.....but it was also making 320 at 5,600. Ya just kinda...don't mention the higher number.

And believe me, there are PLENTY of organizations that want to eliminate any vehicle that doesn't meet their particular definition of "basic transportation." They are just sneakier than the gun-grabbers.

November 2, 2008, 02:14 PM
Ooooh. I learn more every day. :) Well, never mind my details then, just the message! :-P

November 2, 2008, 02:25 PM
"You know, I just must be a Glock girl."

My type of girl. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm sure you're not alone, for the rest of us feel the same.

November 2, 2008, 05:56 PM
A few week ago I went to a show in Concord, NH. I would have to agree! Ammo prices, although cheaper than the local stores were STILL crazy (everything up by about %15). I walked out of there with a hell of a deal on a Bushmaster M-4, however. Everyone was feeling the pinch....:banghead:

James T Thomas
November 2, 2008, 06:55 PM
Those same folks in WA that you describe that would classify the law abiding citizen with gun interest as a criminal element will bend over backward to convince you and themselves, for instance, that standardized tests administered in our schools to students have "racial" bias embedded in them, and that they are the ones that have posession of a completely objective viewpoint and to rely on their judgements for our society.

Gun Slinger
November 2, 2008, 09:37 PM
Reading this thread should serve to remind us all that we are in the very midst of a "Cultural War" where all that we have grown up with, all that we have ever known and valued, is under assault by those whom neither knew of such things nor respect them for what they are, our cultural essence.

Those whom would do away with us, our culture and our values, are a breed apart and without honor and they will not rest until we are erased so that they may imprint upon upon this country, that which they will.

Get out and vote. Make sure that your friends get out and vote, also. Don't let the "lamestream libtard media" demoralize you with the constant polls that "show Obama to be the winner" either. It is not over yet.

November 2, 2008, 09:45 PM
The tension and fear you sense is precisely BECAUSE those Gangstas that really do cause people harm may take over our government very soon.......the looting, and criminal activity and destruction of the bill of rights that will go on during a Obama administration will make Katrina look like child's play.

November 2, 2008, 10:55 PM
I like the car show analogy as well. the idea that taking guns away from law abiding citizens will decrease crime is assinine. History even shows us that gun control doesn't work . I am not republican or democrat but to me the second amendment is the most important one because without it we would eventually have no rights. I am praying that va stays red.

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