2.16.2009

The Gun Show

So I went to the gun show at Will Rogers Coliseum yesterday because, well, I was bored and I wanted to be entertained. I hadn't been to one in over 15 years, and I still recall the last one being full of some colorful characters. Observations: But the highlight of the day came from some guy associated with the top photo. You see, I took that photo which prompted him to track me down 10 minutes later and two aisles away. Him: "Did you take a picture of our booth?" Me: "Uh, what booth is that?" Him: "The Border Volunteers." Me: "I absolutely did." Him: "Why?" Upon reflection, I'm mad at myself. Because I should have told him "none of your business" or "I'm with the CIA - the Obama one" or "Why do you hate freedom?" but the only thought that came to mind was, "Because I was fascinated with it." Which was true. (I think it was the photo they displayed of two guys tied up with the caption "Asian Nationals Caught At Border" that initially got my attention.) Anyway, the guy tells me that there was no photography allowed in the gun show (which I still seriously doubt) but he didn't want me to delete the picture. He really didn't want anything, and I'm still not sure why he even confronted me. I mean, they got that booth up for publicity but they don't want photographic publicity? Odd.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gun shows are a great source of entertainment. I will never forget the gun show that I went to one time and a guy had a booth that read, "diet coke killed my wife." It is a place for what seems like all conspiracy theorists to gather and let each other know they are not crazy!

Anonymous said...

I see where we have a Texas State Rifle Association in addition to the National Rifle Association. Do we also have a Wise County Rifle Association and perhaps even lesser entitles like the Precint 4 Rifle Association and even the South Main Street R. A.? If not, there could be a need here fellow Second Amendmenteers!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you scoped out more fat people than anything.

Jarhead said...

Those corn-fed, country, God-fearin' gun-totin', conspiracy minded, white-truck drivin', confederate-flag wavin' Amer'kins can sniff out a liberal lawyer at a gun show from two aisles away.

Haha, I just made up a new analogy or whateveryoucallit.

"He stuck out like a liberal lawyer at a gun show."

Gorilla said...

Gun shows didn't use to be that way. Years ago, you could go to a gun show, see lots of nice shotguns and rifles - you know, the ones that you would actually take hunting. But now these run-of-the mill gun shows have all this militia and survival and anarchy gear - and all the riff-raff that comes along with it.

Dallas Safari Club puts on a similar show at Dallas Market Hall each year; its a much better event and does not have all the white trash like the show you just attended.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, um, it says East German b/c that particular weapon was made or used during the time when Germany was divided. Bet you also saw some weapons marked as "Soviet", but that doesn't exist anymore, either.

Hot women are usually hit and miss at a gun show

There are scary people walking around all over the place, so naturally, it would figure that a lot of them also have guns

Surprising that you didn't see any political signs or t-shirts, considering events of late

Not that unusual to see what you call "the Obama effect" at a gunshow. Gloom and doom sells at that type event. More so since 9-11, and even more since the economic meltdown

The guy was probably justified in quizzing you about taking a pic. I bet if you looked around somewhere at the entrance, you would have found a notice of some sort saying "no pictures". Plus, the guy wants publicity, but on his terms, I'm sure.

"Pic: Lots of guys like this"
Picture of a guy toting a gun at a gun show...hmmmm. Head scratcher!
Individuals take their guns and try to sell them to other individuals or vendors. In this case you would usually see an asking price or description sticking out of the barral. Or he just bought it, maybe?

Anonymous said...

one of wise co.'s beloved elected officials worked for the 'minute men malitia . scary to say the least.

Anonymous said...

Did you pass your business card around? Sounds like a room full of prospective clients.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

After you go to a couple of these the novelty wears off pretty quickly.

The white trash/obese folk quotient seems no higher to me than you would find at the typical trade days in Bowie, State Fair Midway, etc.

Still a great place to go to buy rifles, pistols, etc.

The Accomplice said...

Mr. Accomplice has the same shirt under "Lots of guys like this."

Anonymous said...

"Pic: Lots of guys like this"

Hmmm, what ARE the odds?

I mean really, that is amazing- armed, tattoed people wearing gun company T shirts at a GUN SHOW?

Holy crap, what's next, suits and briefcases at a courthouse?

I don't know what this country is coming to.

wordkyle said...

It's interesting how many educated and "enlightened" people are willing to make sweeping generalizations about those who attend gun shows, NASCAR, live in Wise County, etc. If they weren't made by Liberals, such generalizations might be considered prejudice and bigotry.

RPM said...

Asian nationals?

Anonymous said...

Where in Hades is the Monday afternoon pick me up? All this politico/gun talk is booooooooooooooooooooorrring.

Anonymous said...

I'll be willing to bet that BG looked like the biggest wussy at the gun show. What a dork he must have looked like.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Jarheadgiver go back into hiding?

Anonymous said...

I'm with 1:33...where is the afternoon pick me up?

Anonymous said...

1:42,
who's hiding "anonymous?"

Anonymous said...

You should have shook their hands and said "thank you".

Gorilla said...

You should have told him that barricades/walls between countries have never been a good idea in the history of mankind and that the majority (by far) of those who enter the United States illegally do so for work and if it weren't for the ridiculous, long, drawn out, pain in the ass, immigration process our government has implemented, there would be no need for a citizen volunteer group like this. If he then says that it shouldn't be easier for Mexicans to immigrate legally, call him a racist asshat and tell him to go f*ck himself.

Anonymous said...

The dude in that "lots of guys like this" has a Fallout Pip Boy tattoo. Probably lots of TEOTWAWKI freaks. Fallout is a nuclear post-apocalyptic RPG.

Anonymous said...

Guns are pretty and I like'em.

Anonymous said...

Getting ready for the race wars.

Anonymous said...

Man, I forgot all about it. Should have gone to get another clip for the AK-47 hubby got me for Valentines day. Dang it.

Anonymous said...

Most of the folks at the gun show are maybe "Jesse James" wannabes. Their card should just read: "Have gun, am harmless" or "Am Impotent, but have Gun" or "Am Republican, Have Gun, Fear Me" or Have gun, Those Liberals" or "Have gun, shoot somebody (liberal) is fun" or "Have gun, Am Republican, Impotent, but get hard thinking of Bill Clinton" or "Have gun, Charlton Heston is still my President" or "Had gun, Burglar was faster on the draw" or "Have gun, And Conservative climax collection Rags" or "Have gun, Bammy secret service too tight" or "Have gun, can't afford to travel anymore" or "Have Gun, Mz took it away from me" or "Want gun, Clinton-Obama Recession/Semi-Depression has made it that I cannot afford one" and so on.

Anonymous said...

shut up, wordbile...

Anonymous said...

Gosh, what is wrong The Obama Effect and all of those independents self reliant people buying their disaster supplies at the local gun show?

Don't they understant the One will provide for them?

When people miss the third meal they are going to revolt and eat the rich. Barry, they will be coming for you first!

Anonymous said...

When are we declaring war on Islam? I mean really- there's the threat.

Messkins: well, they aren't ever going to build a house for me so I don't have to worry about it falling in on me and I don't get on the road after 9:00 on weekends EVER so don't have to worry about them there.

Blacks: I doubt there are more than 10 within a ten mile radius of my house and I'm usually home during the day and wifey is armed and here at night so we don't have to worry about them breaking in.

Kingfish said...

Nascarnies go to gun shows in the off season. jus sayin

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