To the Editor:
I just returned from the military/gun show held at the Brooklyn Park Armory. To put this in perspective, I am a 21-year veteran of the Air Force, am not a member of the NRA, and have never attended a military/gun show before.
While I am not sure what I expected, it certainly was not what I experienced. Every person I talked to was polite and courteous from their first greeting to me, through their discussions and with their farewells. There was no pushing, no shoving and even “excuse me” if someone bumped into me ever so slightly. There were men, women, children and families sitting behind the tables and walking the floors of this show. I never heard one word of anger or threatening comments about our government. If it had not been for all of the guns and military displays, this group of citizens could have passed for a church group. They were not the wild, antisocial, unkempt citizen hate group, intent-on-overthrowing-the-government type people, which many newspaper articles and government officials make gun owners out to be.
Well done, everyone. You earn a salute from me.