Texas is Proposing a Plan to Make Gun Shows Dangerous and Even More Ridiculous

M&R PhotographyI’ve been to a couple of gun shows, and they’re definitely an interesting experience.  I didn’t go to buy a gun, but just out of curiosity as to what type of people go to these events.  And let me tell you, if you like to “people watch,” guns shows are a great place to do that.

Nothing like being surrounded by a massive group of people, 60-70 percent of whom honestly believe that they can overthrow the United States government with whatever guns they’re about to purchase.

I’m not saying everyone who goes to gun shows is a raving gun fanatic, but they do bring out the gun nuts in huge packs.

Well, Texas is proposing an idea that would make some gun shows even more ridiculous and possibly even dangerous.

They want to sell alcohol at them.

Because what could go wrong, right?  Alcohol, large groups of people, wall-to-wall semi-automatic weapons… nope, nothing could possibly go wrong.

But don’t worry, there would be rules.  At these events, firearms being shown for sale would have to be disabled and not readily convertible for use.  Also, anyone consuming alcohol wouldn’t be allowed to take their purchased guns with them.

Which begs the question, “What the hell is the point?”  Just for the sake of making money off of alcohol sales?  Is that really worth risking mixing alcohol and a giant room full of firearms?

Can’t both sides of the gun debate at least come together on the simple, rational belief that guns and alcohol should never mix – especially in public?  I guess that’s too much to ask for.

For evidence of just how ridiculous this proposal is, the Texas affiliate of the National Rifle Association doesn’t even support it.

Alice Tripp, the group’s legislative director, said of the proposal, “Who would buy a gun at a gun show where you couldn’t take possession of it?”

“Nobody is interested in selling alcohol at a gun show,” Tripp added.

And while her and I probably disagree on 98 percent of everything related to guns, I agree with what she said.  I can’t see many people being interested in having alcohol at a gun show.  And it makes absolutely no sense to sell alcohol at a gun show, then tell someone that they can’t bring anything home with them from that event – because of the alcohol they were sold.

Just don’t sell the alcohol!

Outside of “because we can make money,” I’m really curious to hear what kind of “arguments” people are going to make for an absurd plan that even an affiliate of the NRA opposes.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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