Nearly 45,000 people have signed a petition to allow guns at the Republican convention in July because why not?
Ohio is an open carry state but weapons will be strictly prohibited at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland where the convention will be held.
The petition to change the rules reads as follows:
This is a direct affront to the Second Amendment and puts all attendees at risk. As the National Rifle Association has made clear, "gun-free zones" such as the Quicken Loans Arena 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." [...]
Cleveland, Ohio is consistently ranked as one of the top ten most dangerous cities in America. By forcing attendees to leave their firearms at home, the RNC and Quicken Loans Arena are putting tens of thousands of people at risk both inside and outside of the convention site.
Yes. Great idea. Let's get as many hot-headed assholes with guns together as we can and stuff them all inside a contested convention where Donald fucking Trump is the frontrunner.
Speaking of which, the devil himself was asked about the petition and he demurred.
On Sunday, leading Republican presidential contender Donald Trump was asked about it but he declined to weigh in until he had a chance to read "the fine print."
"I have to see what it says," he told ABC's Jonathan Karl, who asked him about the petition on the Sunday morning political show "This Week." "I'm a very, very strong person for Second Amendment. I think very few people are stronger. And I have to see the petition. But I'm not going to comment to you when I haven't seen it."
The way I see it, we're due for a heaping dose of schadenfreude one way or another. Either they don't allow guns at the convention and look like hypocrites, or they allow guns at the convention and squabbling delegates may actually shoot each other.
Perhaps we should reserve our amusement for now because this would thoroughly complicate matters for the city of Cleveland which is already preparing for riots at the convention.