AUSTIN A gun-control demonstration at the State Capitol Saturday came on the same day as Austin hosted its first gun show of the year at the Travis County Expo Center.
The line of cars and trucks stretched as far as the eye could see Saturday morning as gun enthusiasts patiently waited for entrance to the Saxet Gun Show.
The show has been a big topic of discussion for the City of Austin and Travis County.
After the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December, local commissioners and city officials considered banning gun shows on public property. People attending the show did not agree with that proposal.
The county would have lost, what? Almost $100,000 in tax revenue just because something happened all the way across the country? The sun rises the next day, said Chris Bethea.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott quickly shut down the idea, threatening legal action against the city and county via Twitter.
There was a lot of people scared, but Greg Abbott's got our back, Bethea said.
At the same time, dozens of people assembled at the Capitol, calling on their legislators to have their backs by approving stricter gun laws.
In dozens of other cities around the country, thousands more are gathering right now just as we are, said Hilary Whitfield.
Whitfield, a mother of two, lives in Austin, but is from Connecticut. She has friends in Newtown, where the elementary school massacre took place.
The horror is unbelievable, and that can never happen again, she said. And they're just one of like dozens and dozens of mass murders across this country. And it's enough.
Also in the crowd Saturday was John Woods. He survived the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007.
I lost a number of close friends, including my girlfriend, he said. And I've been pushing ever since then for universal background checks.
The group One Million Moms for Gun Control says this debate is not about taking away the right to bear arms, but instead to support sensible gun control... something many gun advocates even some of the ones at Saturday's gun show agreed with.
If you have a concealed handgun license, obviously you're able to buy a gun. It should be that way, Bethea said. If you ain't got one, you can't buy a gun. If they did it that way they'd be able to monitor who all buys guns, who all's got a gun.
We're not trying to take away guns, Wood added. I support the Second Amendment, I have a concealed handgun license. But, you know, I do think we should be keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists who just intend to do harm.
Civilians don't need to have military-style weapons, Whitfield added. They just don't, and it's time that we said so.
But not everyone thinks major gun control reforms are sensible.
I think it's a waste of time, because if someone's concerned about a clip of ten or more or seven or more, it's a numerical thing, said one gun show attendee. There's always two sides of every issue.
Especially in this debate, which is far from over.