One year ago Sunday, Jared Lee Loughner arrived at a Tucson, Arizona gathering with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) intending to assassinate the congresswoman. Miraculously, Giffords survived the bullet to her head, but six of her constituents — including a sitting federal judge and a nine year-old child — were not so lucky. In addition to the six people slain by Loughner’s gun, more than a dozen were injured.
So it is more than a little puzzling why the Crossroads of the West gun show picked the anniversary of this horrific mass killing to hold one of their shows in the very same town where the Tucson massacre occurred.
To their credit, this gun show at least admits that they are selling an inherently dangerous product. At the same time that gun lobbyists are trying to impose the country’s laxest concealed carry laws on the rest of America, Crossroads of the West is warning its attendees not to bring loaded concealed weapons because they endanger the gun show’s attendees:
Q: Can I carry a loaded gun in the gun show? I have a Concealed Carry Permit.
A: We respectfully request that you do not bring any loaded firearm into the gun show. Safety is our Number One Priority, and a safe environment in the show can only be maintained if there are no loaded guns in the show.
Admittedly, loaded guns are especially dangerous in a room full of firearm dealers where potential customers will be testing the triggers on their unloaded merchandise, so these kinds of bans are reasonably common at gun shows. Yet, while Crossroads of the West quite sensibly bans loaded firearms from a room full of dry firing guns, they have a long history of ignoring basic rules of firearm safety. Just weeks after Loughner went on his rampage in Tucson, Crossroads of the West dealers were caught selling firearms to undercover police officers who told the dealers that they “probably couldn’t pass a background check.”