And amazingly, they didn’t piss their pants:

Pickering loves guns, but he’s also happy that the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting, being held this weekend in Indianapolis, has given him the chance to meet up with family members who live in other states.

The same sort of thing is true for a lot of people. There’s plenty of talk about politics and gun laws, with Republican politicians such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addressing the crowd on Friday.

But for many among the 70,000 in attendance, meeting up with family, friends and like-minded people is more important than talking about this year’s elections. It’s also a chance for enthusiasts to check out all the latest in guns, custom barrels and binoculars.

“It’s kind of like a big window-shopping thing,” says Bill Slike, an engineer from neighboring Noblesville, Ind.

Of course, they gratuitously point out that the crowd of attendees is mostly older, white men.