One of my favorite movies of all time has to be the orginal "Crocodile Dundee". I love it when Mick Dundee says, "New York has to be the friendliest place in the world. Four million people and all of them wanting to live together."
I'm out here at the SHOT show in Las Vegas and I'm feeling a bit foreign right now just as Mick Dundee felt in New York city. I'm just a country gent, and truly, I feel like a duck out of water. As you know I'm out here trying to gain more corporate sponsors for the Second Amendment March. This is my first SHOT show and I'm a bit overwhelmed. I have to thank Mark Walters from the United States Concealed Carry Association right out of the box. He took the time to lead me around the show floor yesterday and help me get the lay of the land. Left to my own devices, I get lost in the parking lot at Walmart. (I got lost inside the hotel this morning and it took me an hour to find the door.) This show is HUGE!
This is my first trip to Las Vegas, and I don't really see what all the fuss is about. It gave me a headache and I had to buy Tylenol for an outrageous price. Toothpaste was almost ten dollars a tube. I didn't buy it. Instead, I borrowed some from my Marketing Director. Last night we went out to eat and I was apalled at the prices! I ended up buying barbecued ribs for thirty dollars. That seems criminal to me. But I ate half last night, then I went back to my hotel room and put the rest on ice in the bathroom sink. This morning I ate them for breakfast. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I have to admit they tasted much better last night. People have been teasing me because I won't gamble, but I'm not here to have fun. I just want to raise money for the Second Amendment March and then get back home to my wife and kids.
So I'm a bit discombobulated today and the jet lag isn't helping, but I feel a comfort in the fact that I'm doing the right thing. I'm working hard to protect the right to keep and bear arms of my kids and their kids as well. Today I didn't get any money for the march, but I'm not giving up. Tomorrow I'll just try harder. I guess that's the Marine Corps in me. Once a Marine - always a Marine.
Thanks for reading this column, and don't forget to leave me an encouraging word.
You can learn more about the Second Amendment March by visiting www.secondamendmentmarch.com.