[December 20, 2021] This past weekend, my friend and I went to a Gun Show in Pennsylvania. We had not been there in over a year; due to the COVID-19 scare. We were interested in new gun products, prices, up-to-date changes in gun laws, yakking it up with gun “nuts,” and walking around to see what folks were talking about. We had a good time.
Meeting new folks and those who are regulars was enjoyable. I got a high-quality dog collar for Bella, my yellow lab, from a belt-maker I always buy from due to top-level quality. I met Daryl M. Brooks from Philadelphia, selling his book, “37 Days: the Disenfranchisement of a Philadelphia Poll Worker” (2020). I’ll write a profile on him later. And many more wonderful people.
Here are a few observations.
- Folks were extra friendly. Everyone was courteous and thoughtful. They were willing to make a deal on guns and ammo (I didn’t buy any), accessories, and clothing that would appeal to a hunter or gun enthusiast. Many smiles, fist bumps (the new handshake), selfies, and pleasant talk about family and friends. The crowd was large, and I saw many whole families, everyone having a good time.
- Lots of Guns and more guns. I was surprised to see many gun dealers selling their wares (old and new guns). Prices for the older military collector guns have gone up a lot since I was there.
- Plenty of anti-Biden hats and t-shirts. Politically, the crowd was very conservative. Discussions often turned political, and many were about preserving the Second Amendment. I could have bought a Stop Biden or BLM (Biden Loves Minors) t-shirt or hat but didn’t.
- Support for the 2nd Amendment. I don’t know if the gun show’s organizers planned it or not, but there were booths set up to support the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They gave out literature, and you had a chance to sign a petition if you wanted.
- Respect for the Veteran and Police. You got a slight discount for being a vet or police officer. Self-identification only, and we had a VIP entrance. Inside, several folks thanked me for my military service (I wore my U.S. Army Veteran hat), and I told them I appreciated it. I also got a veteran discount on several items like a Buck pocket knife for my grandson.
Overall, the event shaped up to be worth the trip from my home in Southern New Jersey. I also got plenty of exercise walking the floors. I did learn something meaningful for those who attend gun shows. If you want to buy something, don’t wait; buy it before you leave their booth. I had a hard time finding the knife dealer where I purchased my new knife. The place is H-U-G-E.
I’ll be going back again soon.
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