As anyone who follows gun news would have guessed, the gun show in Midland, Texas, today was jam packed with customers. A lot of money was changing hands, and it surely must have been a good day for the vendors.
[Note to gun controllers: Each gun transaction I witnessed involved the ATF forms and procedures.]
It was scheduled to open at 9:00 am, and that's when I arrived in order to beat the crowd. No such luck. There was a long line of people there with the same idea. I was in the door by 9:30, so it wasn't a terribly long wait.
There was an interesting lesson in capitalism on display as we waited in line. The show sponsor walked along the line and offered to sell weekend passes which would allow the buyer to bypass the line and go directly inside, plus come back again on Sunday. Those passes were $15, while the regular entry fee for each day was $5. Wait your turn and pay the regular price or pay a premium and jump the line.
Collectivists would say "that's unfair," because only the rich could pay that premium. Nonsense. That's a free market at work. "Fair" does not factor into the equation. Anyone with the money and inclination should be able to do what he/she wants so long as it doesn't take anything away from someone else.
On that particular morning most of us in line were too cheap to take the offer, but a few did.