American Rifleman - October 2009 - (Page 72)

SPECIAL FEATURE GUN SHOWS Recent attacks on American gun shows are not about law enforcement or punishing the guilty, they are about exploiting a lack of knowledge on the part of the general public and paving the way for universal rearm registration ... and, if history is anything to go by, con scation. R ecently, I ran into someone I hadn’t seen since my high school days—I’ll call him “Danny.” We talked about mutual friends, families, careers and personal interests and when he learned of my occupation, it became apparent that he belongs to what I call the “I own guns, BUT …” group of Americans. The “BUT…” in our conversation was the fact that he really didn’t understand—and had never attended—gun shows. Still, he told me, he knew all about them from the media. And he knew for a “fact” that they should have additional government control. Our conversation was upsetting and all too short. Danny was amazingly uninformed on something that most NRA members understand and treasure as part of American freedom. So I knew what I had to do: I had to tell the true story in the form of a heart-felt primer about gun shows. I write this not just for Danny, but for all such ill-informed “I own guns, BUT…” folks everywhere. As for those of you who know the facts, remember, whether writing or speaking, we only convince people one person at a time. Gun shows o er a variety of rearms and accessories that you can’t nd under one roof in even the largest gun shops. Stores don’t have room for 2,000 to 10,000 tables devoted to rearms and accessories. And then there are the gun shows that o er a variety of both old and new, used or currently manufactured merchandise. They are no di erent than book fairs, car shows or counted cross-stitch shows—all of which share free speech, the right to assemble and the right to peaceable commerce between individuals. All of these assemblies represent the same thing: a gathering of Americans with a common passion—for freedom. The 21st century American gun show has its roots in the market fairs and swap meets of our forefathers. The trading of rearms between private individuals goes back to even before the founding of our country. A modern-day example is well-illustrated by one of my favorite gun shows. When it was last held in July at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va., the Nation’s Gun Show exhibited more than 1,700 vendor tables in two buildings. More than 10,000 people from all over the country attended and participated. No, they assembled. So, What Are Gun Shows? 72 O CTOBER 2009 WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - October 2009

American Rifleman - October 2009
Contents
From The Editor
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Welcome To NRACountry
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
Loading Bench
The Mayor vs. The People
Ruger’s SR-556: Ready To Run, Right Out Of The Box
The Colt U.S. M4 Carbine
The Truth About Gun Shows
Lincoln’s Rifles: “They Might Have Stayed To See The Shooting”
What Is A Purpose-Built Shotgun?
The ABCs Of Handgun Marksmanship
Making The Right Turn
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
Trigger The Vote
NRA-ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
Programs & Services
I Have This Old Gun

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