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Even in a concealed carry state, which Texas is, you have to present a gun you intend to carry into the show to the off-duty police at the door and demonstrate that it is unloaded before you can enter. No one inside is nervous, I'm sure everyone feels physically safer inside the gun show than anywhere else you go in public in Dallas. I sure did.
Two things pleasantly surprised me. First, I didn't see the word "Trump" anywhere. There is typically a small amount of polemic bumper-stickers and t-shirts at gun shows, this one was no different, the usual gun-nut cliche's were on display: "Good gun control is hitting my target" "From my cold dead fingers." etc.
As I was walking around, I realized I expected to be creeped-out by the Trumpy nuttiness of it all.. Nope. These struck me as sane people who have a hobby enjoying some time mingling with other hobbyists. The NRA was there, they had a table, but the closest it came to being weird was a handwritten poster that said "10 reasons to join the NRA: 1. Hillary Clinton, 2. Barack Obama, 3. Nancy Pelosi, 4. Tim Kaine....etc etc." I've see much more offensive polemics at United Federation of Teachers tables in NYC.
This bolsters my intuition that the Republican turn-out this year will hit historic lows. There was no evidence of grass-roots enthusiasm for The Donald at this gun show, not even Trump stickers on the bumpers of the F350's in the parking lot. Hatred of HRC clearly doesn't sell many t-shirts or bumper stickers in this crowd. "American Infidel" was a far more popular polemic for the beer coozies and keychains.