Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

GOP Silent on Guns at Convention

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

GOP Silent on Guns at Convention

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So do you think guns should be allowed at the Republican National Convention?

Granted, the question is moot. On Monday, the Secret Service announced that only its agents and Cleveland police will be allowed to bring firearms into Quicken Loans Arena when the GOP assembles there this summer. But "moot" is not the same as irrelevant. As you may know, the Secret Service put its foot down because of a petition at Change.org demanding that convention goers be allowed to bring weapons to the Grand Old Party. The fact that the arena does not allow weapons, says the petition, is "a direct affront to the Second Amendment and puts all attendees at risk.

It goes on to say: "As the National Rifle Association has made clear, "gun-free zones' ... are 'the worst and most dangerous of all lies.' The NRA, our leading defender of gun rights, has also correctly pointed out that "gun-free zones ... tell every insane killer in America & [the] safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk."

The petition adds that because "Cleveland & is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 most dangerous cities in America and because of "the possibility of an ISIS terror attack on the arena, convention goers must be allowed to bear arms.

As of Tuesday, over 50,000 people had signed.

Presumably, at least some of them recognized the petition as a pitch-perfect satire, albeit from a man whose sense of humor is drier than saltines in the Sahara. CBS News has identified the author, who styles himself "the hyperationalist, as a fellow named Jim - he would give no last name or city of origin - who told the network he's a liberal Democrat. But, he said, "I'm 100 percent sincere in my conviction that guns should be allowed at the GOP convention. [It would be a reflection of] the policies they sought to impose around the nation.

He's right, of course. …

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