Three Songs For One

Do we go with The Irish Rovers “Wasn’t That A Party“, The Guess Who “Guns, Guns, Guns” or “I’m Afraid of Americans”  by the Nine Inch Nails/David Bowie? You tell me.

As we were coming home from having a great lunch AND seeing Terry’s big HUGE butt at the Ramshackle Diner,

Someone needs to go on a diet.

Someone needs to go on a diet.

we saw a sign advertising ‘GUN SHOW January 9-10’. Off we go! What a way to spend an afternoon.

Our ticket to a new world.

Our ticket to a new world.

The first table we stopped at had a couple of good old boys who were pleasant to chat with. We told them that we were from Canada, had not been to a gun show and was it okay to take pictures. After some jibber jabber, the one guy says “No, it really is morally unethical.” Terry held her tongue. So, taking that into account, I had to be quite surreptitious in my photo taking. I will say that the folks at the gun show – both dealers and individuals selling their own guns, did not look as if they would be pleased to see me taking photos – and they did have, you know, guns.

The building was a free standing building about the size of a school gym. According to the good old boys, next week the show is in a building approximately 3 times that size, but THE show to go to is in Tulsa – one in November and one in April. The building area there is 11 acres. How big is that? A Canadian Football field is 150 yds by 65 yds which is 2 acres. Do the math.

We began our wandering.

Long guns 1

Long guns 1

Long guns 2

Long guns 2

Terry has decided that if she ever needed a hand gun, it would be a Glock. “It just looks like it would scare someone – and would take a big piece out of anyone you hit.”

Hand guns 1

Hand guns 1

Hand gun 2

Hand gun 2

Just before we left, I asked this guy if I could buy a gun at the show. He said not from him unless I came down to the shop. If I could prove I was a Florida resident, I could leave that day with a long gun. If I wanted a handgun, it would take three business days for the background check. However, if I went to one of the private guys, I could walk out with one that day. (Side note: Terry saw one exchange where after the money had changed hands the seller said “I guess I should see some id.” Good luck enforcing your new regulations President Obama.) When I said that we didn’t have gun shows in Canada (Side note: As far as I, who knows nothing, knows), “Yeah, after all the guns were taken away and put in metal chippers.” Huh?

There were probably 10 tables of ammunition as well as another 10 of knives.

One of many

One of many

These are handbags – and quite fetching ones – specially designed for carrying concealed weapons.

Lovely

Lovely

Some things mystified me.

I have no idea, but I don't think it would be for hunting squirrels.

I have no idea, but I don’t think it would be for hunting squirrels.

This fellow was doing a lesson on “Florida State Law on Use of Deadly Force”. When he saw me listening, he asked if I was in the class and then said “No standees, move along”. Okay. The charge was $65.00 – $50 for “Class” and $15 for “Other Things”.

"Move along"

“Move along”

Apparently this is a smoking deal. The AR-15 was "$595 out the door" Listened to a couple of guys talking about how it was so much cheaper than the other sellers there. Like I know.

Apparently this is a smoking deal. The AR-15 was “$595 out the door” Listened to a couple of guys talking about how it was so much cheaper than the other sellers there. Like I’d know.

Mr. Trump has his followers.

The button says it all

The button says it all

And I won’t even get into what the Libertarian Party was handing out as we left.

The Shoe Blog

Okay, so maybe they didn’t actually have these and maybe I just pulled the pictures from the internet, but where would the wearer of these be going?

Shoes

3 thoughts on “Three Songs For One

  1. Val

    The American gun culture never fails to amaze me. You can buy a conceal carry purse at the Havasu Flea Market when you get there. That booth is on site every Sunday.

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  2. Peter

    I think you guys were in China (but I thought it was before you left) when Canadians were encouraged to hand in all their unregistered/unwanted guns ‘no questions asked’. Many were turned in and hopefully destroyed (in a metal chipper?).
    Gun Shows – scary stuff!!!!

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  3. Peter

    They had a hand gun ad complete with special purse in Sports Illustrated a couple of months ago. Both Mike and I emailed in that if we saw another, our subscriptions would be cancelled. Haven’t seen one since, but……
    What a culture!

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