For the first time in a long time, this past Saturday I attended the Lansing area gun show, conveniently located in Mason. It had been a few years since I was in the market, and while I wasn't planning on buying anything, I did find a deal that was too good to pass up. More on that in a future post.
My focus today was on the changes since I last frequented the gun show circuit. Two things stuck out: The diversity of the crowd, and its size.
There were a lot of young women there. Not a majority to be sure, but the fact that I saw any at all was noteworthy.
I think this illustrates the fact that despite the best efforts of the gun control lobby, firearms are being normalized. To own one no longer carries a stigma, indeed many young women in particular find it empowering.
At my youngest daughter's birthday party some weeks back, we hosted a laser tag game. Long-time readers will not be surprised that I was not the deadliest participant - a 9-year-old girl took that honor (I came in second. In my own defense, I was a rather large and conspicuous target). I remarked on this to one of the other kids' moms and she pulled a pistol target with the center shot out from per pocket and speculated on what she would have been able to accomplish.
Now understand that I've grown up in the Lansing area and take for granted that guns are despised by all respectable folk, yet here was a soccer mom talking about her morning at the range - and she did so with perfect confidence. Truly, something I was not expecting and a very positive sign.
I haven't verified attendence, but I never recall the county fairgrounds being this crowded before. It was difficult to move between the tables with all the people there.
I noted with pleasure that the prices for ARs are beginning to fall (I saw a no-frills model for under $800) and that ammunition was plentiful (though still to my mind rather expensive).
I hope to continue this trend of frequenting area shows and if the readers like it, will endeavor to offer photos and other coverage of what is going on. The Posse used to do a lot more with firearms and based on the quantity of comments, this is an area where we should devote more attention.