You realize of course the anti-gun activists and their attempts at shutting down gun shows harm many more people than those in the gun manufacturing industry.
First there are those behind the tables. Next time you are at a gun show look at us carefully. Notice how many of us are senior citizens. See the power chairs and service dogs. See how many of us are physically unable to stand for 8 hours a day on the concrete floors of big box stores.
Many of us had good jobs and careers before all the out sourcing of our jobs to third world nations, the importation of H1B visa workers who took our jobs at 2/3s what we were making.
Some of us would have had those blue collar jobs and are now just too old to do them.
Our working gun shows may well be all that stands between us an homelessness.
Even more our little businesses of selling at these shows might just be our version of the American Dream of having your own business in an era when those big box stores have devastated the small businesses of this country.
After my last job in a big box store I swore I would never again let myself be treated the way I was by a boss, that I would become my own boss and have my own business selling things I liked.
Look around at the folks behind the tables with all those older firearms. In many cases those guns are their retirement investments, saved over a life of hard work.
From America’s 1st Freedom: http://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2016/5/2/hillary-clinton-meet-the-forgotten-firearms-worker/
by Frank Miniter
Monday, May 2, 2016
Imagine Hillary Clinton touring the Savage Arms factory in Westfield, Mass. It’s not a completely wild idea, as this factory is smack in the middle of a “blue state.” It’s located in a part of America that used to be called “gun alley,” right where American manufacturing sparked the American Industrial Revolution.
She would be off balance from the start. All around the factory’s lobby is a timeline of glass cases filled with photos of guns and of those making guns, of gun catalogs and, yes, of lots of guns from Savage’s founding in 1894 to today. It might help Clinton that some of the magazines and catalogs in the cases have women on their covers holding Savage’s classic rifles and pistols, but then maybe not, as they are smiling.
If she got dizzy from all the reality around her, perhaps Alan Beaulieu, a silver-haired gentleman who started at the factory in 1965 and did just about every job there was to do at the plant for half a century, could take her elbow to steady her. He could lead her to the factory floor where blue-collar, unionized workers are making about 2,400 guns a day for free people. He could show her, as he did me, an iconic American company that still makes things out of steel and wood for Americans. He could introduce her to these real, mostly blue-collar workers, to the very people she has been demonizing and mischaracterizing on the campaign trail.
Can you see that in your mind’s eye?
The image struck me as I stood in the lobby. I joked, “Wouldn’t it be great if Hillary were here with us right now to meet the people she says should be sued for the actions of criminals?”
Beaulieu scratched his head as if such an image was unfathomable. He then led me out of the lobby to the factory floor where so many of the guns that a lot of us grew up shooting are still made. I hadn’t been to this factory in nearly 10 years. Since then they’ve been expanding and currently have areas walled off with big blue tarps as contractors expand the factory.
This expansion is a good example of a trend. The gun industry published a report recently saying it’s not only doing just fine, but has actually grown by 158 percent since President Barack Obama first won the presidency in 2008. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, reported that the total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the U.S. increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $49.3 billion in 2015. The NSSF also reported that, in that same time period, the total number of full-time jobs related to gun making in the U.S. rose from about 166,000 to nearly 288,000.