Friday, October 12, 2007

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?


Anonymous said...

Who is John Galt? A

DBA Dude said...

To answer your question - No.

It would be logical to assume the gem show required a higher visible level of security to deter any bad guys.

none said...

It's funny, my local gun show has one of the very rare enforceable No concealed handguns signs.

FHB said...

No, like most of us, you're right on target. It's too typical these days for the idiots in power to fear us because were armed, and ignore the real potential criminals and crime situations out there. Hell, our local cops spend more time handing out tickets for loud music and speeding than actually looking for criminals. Makes me wonder if they haven't just evolved into a revenue enhancement force, rather than a police force. I think you actually have to kill someone for the crime to warrant real attention. Everything else is considered a property crime and so they show up 20 or 30 minutes after you call it in, no pressure. Exasperating.

Lynx217 said...

I feel much safer in any city with concealed carry than the safest city with a handgun ban. The black market will always be there for criminals, it's time us normal folk have the same right to defend ourselves as the criminals seem to have to kill each other.

phlegmfatale said...

A - I feel your pain.

dba dude - that is the logical conclusion.

hammer - sounds good to me

fhb - the system is broken, clearly

lynx - Yup. I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than on a car ride with Ted Kennedy.

Lin said...

Phew, you really had me worried there for a minute - thought you were going to say that you were walking across the lot with some of O.J.s old jewelry and there was no security to be seen.

Christina RN LMT said...

@ lin - LOL!

It's a pure lack of common-sense, Phlegm.

And institutional idiocy.

Anonymous said...

Why do you think I carry daily?

I've heard it referred to as the 'honorable warrior mentality'.

A quote-

Wherever I go, everyone is a little bit safer because I am there.
Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend.
Whenever I return home, everyone is happy I am there.

attributed to Robert L. Humphrey, Warrior's Creed

I'm the one responsible for myself and those around me. The authorities are only obligated to take a report after the fact.

Sorry if this posts multiple times. It seems that Blogger considers quotation marks as html tags.


Buck said...

Another bennie of living amongst the armed: "An armed society is a polite society." Or words to that effect, I forget how it actually goes.

And people in this part of the world (Far East New Mexico) are danged polite. Just sayin'.

phlegmfatale said...

lin - I pity the fool wot would truck with that lot!

christina - you pegged it, baby!

Rabbit - that's why I'm honored to call you "neighbor"

buck - I'm all for it - here's to the spreading stain of the polite society, long may she wave!