The New York TImes reported that the shootings in Tucson earlier this month “complicated plans” for the annual Shot Show convention in Las Vegas this week — the largest gun trade show in the nation — and that as of Wednesday, “there was little discussion of the events as the crowd surveyed this year’s wares.” ThinkProgress attended the convention and asked many gun enthusiasts there if they had heard any talk about Tucson. Nearly all we spoke to said it hasn’t been a topic of conversation. “I have not heard one thing about that,” one woman said. Another man said he was “shocked” that the incident had been all but ignored at the show:
ATTENDEE: I’ve asked about that myself. No one is talking about that. No one.
TP: Why do you think that is?
ATTENDEE: I don’t know. I’m shocked by it you know, this is a huge show. This is far bigger than anything. I go to the Safari Club convention every year either in Dallas or in Reno. It’s a big hunting convention and this is the first time I’ve ever come to the SHOT Show and I thought with all of what happened last week that there would be some kind of a dampening or what not. Absolutely nothing. No one talks about it.
Watch a compilation of clips from the interviews: