The district has been under pressure to call off the event in the wake of the massacre in Connecticut, which claimed the lives of 20 children in an elementary school. However, confronted Monday night by an audience stacked with gun enthusiasts — with just two people speaking for canceling the show, according to The Spooner Advocate — district officials decided instead to delay their vote on whether or not to cancel the event.
Additionally, many locals just didn’t understand the controversy. “Why would you not have a gun show there?” one onlooker asked, according to NBC affiliate KARE-TV. “That’s the question. There’s nothing harmful going on.”
Gun shows in particular have drawn scrutiny from public officials since the Newtown, Connecticut massacre because they exist in a legal gray area that allows individuals to bypass requirements for background checks and waiting periods by engaging in private sales.
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