I can’t decide if I should laugh or cry.
Earlier tonight, I was searching for a shotgun sling unsuccessfully at a local Academy.
Anyway, there were, of all things, Chinese tourists in this relatively small Texas town. I don’t mean to say in some politically incorrect way they were Asian and I’m too stupid to know what to properly call them, I mean they were from China.
Do you know what they were in awe of?
The gun counter.
I couldn’t help but watch with a mixture of amusement and other feelings as they stared at what I have to admit is a pretty decent assortment of all things that go bang. Academy does have a pretty decent stock for a chain store.
They were taking pictures, and asking so many questions. They’d never seen anything like this before.
They asked us if people fought on the streets in America often. No.
Can anybody buy one? Well technically no.
Could I buy one? Sure.
Right now? Yep.
I could even carry guns on my person, concealed? Yep.
I even showed them my permit.
They took dozens of photographs and stared in awe when a man approached the counter and asked for a Marlin 336 and bought it in less than 5 minutes.
I couldn’t tear myself away from them. Only one of the three spoke good English, and they asked what’s that, what’s that, what’s that…
They didn’t know the difference between a Glock 27 and a Beretta 92, much less the difference between a rifle and a shotgun.
I felt a strange obligation to tell these people as best I knew. They took pictures of everything as I identified it.
The lies they had been told… they were told that only rich Americans with special government permission had firearms. That America was a rough and wild place, much less advanced than China. That guns kill people by the millions when left to the masses. Every wild lie you can imagine… I can’t recall all the things they told me.
I asked to see an XD40 Service. I wanted something I knew well enough so as not to mess up of course. I field stripped it and put it back together in front of their awestruck eyes. They asked me if I was a police officer, or a soldier, or a government employee. I told them I taught math. They looked at me like I was an alien from outer space.
They left, laughing and pointing.
I wasn’t political, the only political thing I told them was “Fear the government that fears your gun.” And that’s only because she asked.
I hope they go back to China, and tell their people the truth.
Most of all, I hope they think a little differently now, for the truth shall set you free.