OK lefties, you’ve had your fun crowing about how Republicans are supposedly cowards/hypocrites for not insisting on having their convention being an open carry zone.
PJ Media’s Liz Shield gives the rundown:
On Monday, the Secret Service announced there will be no firearms at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Yesterday, I wrote about a petition that had 40,000 signatures (now its closer to 50,000) demanding open carry at the Republican convention. It turns out, it doesn’t matter how many people sign on to the demands, the Secret Service has put its foot down, something I predicted: “Not only would Quicken probably have some liability issues with so many people carrying firearms on their premises, the Secret Service provides security to the candidates and they would certainly not approve of a room full of attendees and malcontents armed up.”
Ohio is an open-carry state, although the Quicken Arena forbids firearms on its premises.
“Title 18 United States Code Sections 3056 and 1752 provides the Secret Service authority to preclude firearms from entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states,” Secret Service spokesman Robert K. Hoback said in a written statement. “Only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site.”
Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan provides some less incendiary analysis than some posts I’ve seen on Facebook from my lefty pals:
The Republican candidates claim to support gun rights. But do they? They don’t even want to allow a boisterous crowd of Donald Trump supporters to arm themselves with firearms while attending the convention at which party leaders will try to steal the nomination from Donald Trump. That’s not just anti-American; it’s anti-fun.
Imagine locking thousands of pissed-off, heavily armed Americans in a large room as their hero, Donald Trump, exhorts them to do whatever is necessary to stop the powers-that-be from defeating him using arcane political maneuvering. That, my friends, is a show that I would watch. And as a member of the media, I can tell you that we really need to build our audience. We need this bad. Don’t take this away from us.
Like most Lefty snark, the world is rarely as simplistic as their talking points. National Review’s Charles W. Cook sheds some sanity on the subject. To briefly excerpt:
First: There is no Second Amendment violation here. The Second Amendment is a check on government, not on private entities. The Quicken Loans Arena is owned by a private corporation. If the arena’s rule is no firearms, then those who wish to use it must abide by that rule. And if they don’t like it, they can go somewhere else.
Second: As absurd as the idea of “gun free zones” is in a country with this many firearms, there are certain circumstances in which it is prudent to try to limit the presence of guns. It has always been ridiculous to hear progressives predict that widespread concealed carry would lead to frustrated shoppers shooting each other in the supermarket or to irritated customers opening fire at the bank; and it has been hilarious to witness the freakout we see each year when the press learns that NRA members may pack heat at their annual convention. But a political convention strikes me as being less akin to those examples, and more akin to, say, the circumstances that obtain at a polling place.
Third: Given the brazen manner in which Donald Trump has encouraged physical violence against those who have protested at his rallies — “next time, we might have to kill him,” one Trump fan warned a man he sucker punched — there is pretty much no incentive for the Quicken Loans Arena team to be generous here.
But this is one of the times I’m feeling particularly generous and am willing to meet the lefties halfway. I am ready to accept that we conservatives are cowards and hypocrites for not demanding a free for all of open carry weapons at the GOP Convention. But, that means your side have to give something, and it’s easy – the DNC Convention and the area around it must be a completely gun-free zone for the duration of the convention. Nobody is allowed to bring in a firearm of any kind, not the Secret Service, local police, or even whoever has the job of detaining Hillary when she’s finally brought to justice. And whatever happens, you will not, under any circumstances, call in for law enforcement or military assistance of any kind deal with any situation that may arise. After all, unilateral disarmament is your formula for getting bad people to disarm. And since you are so violently anti-gun, it would be hypocritical to demand some gun-wielding coward rescue you from some peace loving protester who wants to offer you their free “ball bearing and mason nail” piercing services.
Or I have a better idea – how about if you Lefties drop this stupid jawing and start thinking and talking like adults?
Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog
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