speaker tweaker was talking about his CHL and how some folks he knows seem to regard him differently (in a not-good way) when they realize he's carrying. This reminded me of something I observed last weekend. There's a convention hall in Dallas at Wycliff and Stemmons where a large gem and jewelry show happens at least twice a year, as well as lots of other trade and open-to-public shows. Along about June or so, I was on my way to a place directly west of that locale, and happened to go through their parking lot when a gun show was installed in the venue. To my surprise, one of those little elevated police observation towers was in the parking lot, watching everything. People were coming and going with their firearms, and I thought it was ironic that the center or the event organizers thought the police were necessary, because at that instant, I thought "wow, the only place in town where I'd be safer would be at my dad's side." I shrugged and went on.
This past weekend, I went to the gem and mineral show where people are coming and going carrying in some instances thousands of dollars worth of product, and sometimes that product could fit in the palm of a rather diminutive hand. I didn't think much about it until I was leaving the place with a (cheap, low-quality) bag of diamonds for some pieces of art-jewelry I have planned. I thought about security as I walked to my car alone, and I looked around the parking lot: no police, no security patrol, nada. Then I felt the slightest twinge of vulnerability.
What were they expecting of the gun-show crowd? A gang war? Dogs and cats living together? What? But all those gem-show people are on their own? This seems a little upside-down, to me. Is my thinking warped?