I was at RIR this weekend! But not at the gun show...I sponsored the Street Survival Teen driving School on Saturday.
I had the opportunity to stand upstairs and peer out the window from the classroom over the SEA of people. I was very jealous!!! The lines were HUGE!!!!
Of course soon we had some comments from the teen driver crowd and their parents who were looking out about "no background checks at guns shows" so I had some educating to do. I had a group of about 6-8 around me and I explained the whole gun show loophole myth and how it was really a private sale loophole. They actually got it!!!! YEAH!!!
Then one young lady said they shouldn't sell to "sketchy" people. I asked her if sketchy was code word for black,or hispanic or a woman or someone who looked like her or me or that guy over there.....who did she really mean???
She was stumped at that. I explained to her that there were safe guards in the process to weed out criminals and people who legally can't possess a gun, but that people could still cheat those safe guards. That people who cheat safeguards would not follow ANY of the rules on guns and that they call those people CRIMINALS.
So by passing overly restrictive rules you actually only disarmed the good law abiding people. You could see the light go on in her head.
I explained that many times sheep see wolves and sheep dogs as the same and attempt to de-fang both. In reality by de-fanging both....you make the sheep vulnerable to the wolves.
We all agreed that the police were not there to protect you on a day to day basis.
I told them that I carry daily and I looked at it like a seatbelt or fire extinguisher or insurance policy.
I gave all of them my business card and told them straight up-If you want to go shooting or learn more you call me and I will pay for all the ammo and range time.
I really enjoyed talking to them and I think I at least opened up some minds.