UPDATE: As it turns out, it wasn’t a gun rights activist who started the petition, but someone who identifies himself – or herself – as the “Hyperationalist.” The petition was meant to be satire. Regardless, the petition is on Change.org, and it has garnered nearly 50,000 signatures. Original article appears below:
A gun rights activist has set up a petition for participants at the GOP National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio to be allowed to open carry firearms. The petition has over 44,000 signatures.
The petition’s creator – apparently someone with a gun rights group called Americans for Responsible Open Carry – asked why the Republican National Committee would choose a gun-free zone as the venue for the GOP National Convention, considering that Republicans are supposed to be pro-gun and anti-gun-free zone. His petition calls for participants to be free to carry their firearms openly, as Ohio state law allows, even though the Quicken Loans Arena where the convention will be held in July will strictly prohibit firearms – unless carried by law enforcement.
In preparation for the “riots” that GOP contender Donald Trump predicted would occur if he is cheated out of the nomination (or if he’s nominated), extra armed security will be present at the GOP National Convention.
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But the petitioner doesn’t think that’s going to cut it if, say, the convention is targeted in an ISIS terrorist attack:
“Without the right to protect themselves, those at the Quicken Loans Arena will be sitting ducks, utterly helpless against evil-doers, criminals or others who wish to threaten the American way of life.”
The petitioner pointed out how all remaining GOP candidates have voiced their opinions denouncing “gun-free zones,” and that they should all agree to allow delegates and all those present at the convention to open carry. Donald Trump didn’t want to comment on the petition and said that he’d have to “read the fine print.”
You can read the fine print here.