TTAG reader SS writes:
I have a question for the TTAG team about this year’s NRA convention: is this normally what the NRA convention is like? I ask because it seemed to me to be a feeling of community coming together, and I was not expecting that. I am still new to the gun world . . .
I never feared guns and was sometimes around guns with my family in Tennessee, but I never chose to own one. As things in the world have changed, it seemed wise enter the world of gun ownership so I could protect my family. TTAG quickly became a trusted source of information as I entered this world and acquired new guns.
Imagine my delight when I found out that the National NRA convention was coming to Nashville where I live. Even with all the great stores in the area I knew I would never get a better chance to handle all types of firearms not always in the shops. So off I went, drove past the protest without realizing what that small group of people was doing and headed into the exhibit floor carrying my EDC in my pocket.
I was hopping from booth to booth looking at guns I have never been able to handle. There are some truly beautiful guns on the floor, some of which I realized I would not ever own because they just did not fit me correctly.
After about 45 minutes I started noticing how many couples I was seeing throughout the show ranging from 20 and dating to 60 and been married forever. I stated noticing younger kids following their parents. I saw one about 11 years old walk up to a compact 9mm, safety check it, release the slide, point it a safe direction, take aim and fire.
She turned to her dad and said the trigger was great. I turned to the dad and said you’re teacher here right and he smiled.
I saw teenagers walking up with their dad to AR 15s and AK47s and handle the weapon with expertise. I saw dozens of people admiring the cutest little baby girl and her mother. The people did not know the mother or little girl, but the two I think were a reminder of why we have guns and who they are meant to protect.
I was expecting to see the exhibits, and normal guys you would run into at the gun shows, the people you would normally see at any type of convention. Those people were of course there, but I was not expecting to see what looked like a community coming together. I did not expect to leave feeling that there were a lot more of “US” out there.
So in retrospect I really have 2 questions –
1. Are you seeing the same things I am?
2. Is this normally what the NRA convention is like?