Our Opinion: Shoot-out at the Republican Convention
A movement to allow guns to be brought into the Republican convention in Cleveland has run afoul of the Secret Service, a group heretofore known as serious partiers but never as anti-American.
A petition demanding that people be able to carry firearms in and around Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena had just shy of 50,000 signatures as of late Monday afternoon. The Washington Post reported that the Secret Service won't allow it to happen, which is of great relief to Republicans called out for their hypocritical stance on guns.
The Change.org petition demands that Republican officials show their support for the Second Amendment by allowing guns to be carried into their convention. In truth, Washington Republicans are in favor of guns being carried anywhere but where they are at. This is why they are banned from the US Capitol, which was shut down Monday following a shooting incident in the visitor's center. This double-standard explains why Republican officials and presidential candidates, including the usually outspoken "non-politician" Donald Trump, are ducking comment on the petition effort.
The petition notes that conventioneers should be allowed to carry guns around because Cleveland is a dangerous city. It is dangerous in large part because it is full of guns, but Republicans think that more guns are the answer to guns as opposed to more and better gun laws. By that logic, the answer to the Zika virus is not medicine but more Zika virus.
With Mr. Trump having predicted/encouraged violence in Cleveland if he doesn't get the nomination, the last thing the city — which surely is deeply regretting "winning" this convention — needs is an armed Republican gathering picking a nominee. As awful as it is to see a protester beaten, it would be far worse to see one take a bullet to the head. Good job, Secret Service.
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