For long-time Lions Club Gun Show trader Gordon Taylor, the annual Madisonville event is a family affair.
Taylor, the owner of Black Gold Guns & Ammo in Houston, said this event is the only gun show he attends. He got into the gun business in 2009.
“It’s kind of become family,” he said. “I’m here because I enjoy it, not because I’m trying to get rich.”
Gun show organizer W.C. “Bunkin” Bennett said that the show over Saturday and Sunday was the best the club has seen in three years.
“We had more than 700 patrons, compared to just over 500 last year,” he said. “We will probably make somewhere between $5,000 to $6,000 net. All vendors were pleased with their sales.”
Taylor said that guns are ingrained into the culture of the area, and are not the demons they’re made out to be.
“I’ve always been a hunter. They’re fascinating machines,” he said. “I’ve always had a love for them. I’ve been collecting them since I was a young kid.”
Taylor has done professional shooting, and has been a member of many gun clubs. He has a unique understanding of an issue that faces the country today.
“We don’t have a gun problem; we have a people problem,” he said. “They talk about needing more laws, but how about enforcing the laws we got? Then you no longer have a problem. Taking guns from the American people will make things easier for terrorists.”
With a serious look, Taylor then said, “Ask me about an assault gun.
“Have you seen one today?” he asked. “Assault is an action taken by people. The gun can’t do anything until it hits the hands.”
Taylor credits any increase in violent acts these days to the absence of God, and of consequences.
“If there are no consequences, then there are no solutions,” he said. “You can try everything in the world, but there never will be a solution until people need to be held accountable for their actions.”
Taylor also is an advocate for education and training, especially with young children.
“When my kids were young and came to me with a question, we stopped and took care of it,” he said. “He was able to shoot it, to feel it knock him down, and to see what happens when a bullet hits something. It put the fear of God into him.”
This year, Bennett said the rifle raffle was the second best ever.
“I am very proud of the Lions Club efforts, and look forward to funding scholarships with the proceeds,” he said.