Although they managed to avoid allowing guns inside the GOP convention, the Republicans cannot do anything about the state of Ohio’s open carry laws, which allow citizens to tote their guns all around Cleveland, including just outside the building where the convention is to be held. Thousands of protesters are expected, and given the not-so-civil nature of the anti-Trumpers and pro-Trumpets alike, everyone is understandably a bit edgy.
Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said he strongly supported citizens’ rights to bear arms, but he is urging people not to take their guns anywhere near Cleveland’s downtown during the convention.
“The last thing in the world we need is anybody walking around here with AR-15s strapped to their back,” he said. “And the absolute tragedy in Dallas is proof positive that we just cannot allow that to happen. I would really just beg these folks, just leave your guns at home. Come, say whatever it is that you want to say, make whatever point it is that you want to make, but it’s going to be very, very difficult to deal with the R.N.C. as it is.” source
Lemme translate that…”I’m all for gun rights. I think the NRA is fantabulous. But I don’t think y’all should be bringing those big guns down here on my turf, because it’s dangerous.” Oh. My. Sweet. Baby. Jeebus.
What exactly is the problem here? I thought open carry and more guns were always a good thing. Isn’t the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun a good guy with a gun? Where the fuck is the NRA here?
Tim Selaty, director of operations at Citizens for Trump, said his group was paying for private security to bolster the police presence. While Mr. Selaty said people should be allowed to carry guns, his group is banning long weapons from a rally in a park it is hosting on Monday.
“We’re going to insist that they leave any long arms out for sure because we believe that will make sure our people are safer,” he said. “In other words, no AR-15s, no shotguns or sniper rifles — all of the things that you would think somebody would bring in to hurt a lot of people in a very short time.”
But, he said, he does generally believe civilians being armed make for a safer environment and that he “can’t blame” people who are scared because of Dallas and want to come to Cleveland armed.
Ummm…excuse me, Sir, but you’re sounding a lot like a Democrat with some gun sense there. Why in the world would you want to ban AR-15s and sniper rifles? You say they harm many folks at once? What was that? Isn’t that the argument we’ve been making this entire time?
Can I just say how absolutely and royally this pisses me off? We cannot even get Congress to have a goddamn discussion about this issue, much less take a vote on background checks, and these twatmuffins are outright banning AR-15s and sniper rifles to protect their own people in a park for the very reasons we would like to protect children in schools? ARE Y’ALL FUCKING KIDDING ME?