The breathless pearl-clutching in this NPR article is somewhat funny to read, now that the Republican National Convention is over and pretty much nothing happened outside the venues.
With the country reeling after shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., the issue of open carry in Cleveland has become a flashpoint. The head of Cleveland’s largest police union called on Gov. John Kasich to suspend open carry for the duration of convention.
“I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point,” Stephen Loomis, president of Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told CNN.
In a news conference today, Mayor Frank Jackson said the idea had been taken up and down the chain of command and Kasich said he did not have the authority to change state law.
That means that people have been walking around downtown Cleveland with their firearms.
Allen said he decided to bring his handgun after the police shootings in Dallas. He said someone intent on carrying out something similar would be dissuaded by the show of force.
Kudos to everyone who was legally carrying a gun in Cleveland last week (open carry or not).
Anyone want to bet that the Democrat convention in Philadelphia (not exactly the most gun-friendly city in the U.S.) won’t have the same calmness surrounding it that the Republicans (and their guns) had?