A new Change.org petition is pushing for guns at GOP convention in 2016. The petition is quickly gaining signatures since. The anonymous author of the petition insists that attendees will put their lives at risk if the arena in Cleveland insists on maintaining a gun free zone. Emotions about the petition are running high. Learn more and find out how to sign the petition, if you wish.
An anonymous Change.org petition is requesting that guns, including assault weapons, be allowed at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which will be held from July 18 through 21, 2016. By the evening of Monday, March 28, 2016, nearly 50,000 people had already signed the petition, with several hundred signatures being added per hour.
UPDATE: As of the evening of March 28, 2016, the Secret Service said “no” to weapons at the Republican Convention. However, that has not caused the petition to be withdrawn and the originators of it are still collecting signatures since they sincerely believe that the Republican candidates and the Republican National Committee have a Second Amendment right to carry their weapons wherever they go. For readers who agree, you can find a link to the petition later in this article.
The petition states, “Though Ohio is an open carry state, which allows for the open carry of guns, the hosting venue — the Quicken Loans Arena — strictly forbids the carry of firearms on their premises.” The petition goes on to ask the three remaining GOP candidates, the Republican National Committee and the NRA to insist that the Quicken Loans Arena suspend their gun-free zone policy during the convention. The website for the arena states that the venue forbids “firearms and other weapons of any kind.”
The anonymous author of the petition, who goes only by the initials N A, states that Cleveland is a violent city and that the attendees could also become victims of terrorism if they are unarmed. In addition, all three of the Republican presidential candidates have publicly expressed their opposition to gun-free zones. Therefore, the petition reasons, people attending the GOP convention should have the right to be armed. “We are all too familiar with the mass carnage that can occur when citizens are denied their basic God-given rights to carry handguns or assault weapons in public.”
Furthermore, the petition addresses the candidates when it says, “In order to ensure the safety of your supporters, delegates and all attendees at the convention in July, you must call upon the RNC to rectify this affront to our Second Amendment freedoms and insist upon a suspension of the Quicken Loans Arena’s unconstitutional ‘gun-free zone’ loophole.”
Interested parties can find the petition at:“Allow Open Carry of Firearms at the Quicken Loans Arena during the RNC Convention in July.”
You do not need to be a member of the Republican Party, nor a delegate to the GOP convention, in order to sign the petition.
When Donald Trump was asked about the petition on the ABC Sunday morning news show, This Week, he said he was “a very, very strong person for Second Amendment.” When asked if he would support the petition, however, he would only say that “I have not seen the petition. I want to see what it says. I want to read the fine print.”
One of the presidential candidates, John Kasich, is the governor of Ohio, where the convention will be held. The petition singles him out and asks that he take executive action to override the state’s gun-free zone laws.
In addition to asking for support from the presidential candidates, the petition also asks Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to give “an explanation of how a venue so unfriendly to Second Amendment rights was chosen for the Republican Convention.” The petitioner would like the Republican National Committee to come up with a contingency plan that would offer an alternate location, if the gun-free zone is not lifted by the Quicken Loans Arena.
The petition comes on the heels of the City of Cleveland’s decision to purchase 2,000 sets of riot gear, using a portion of the $50 million they have received in federal grant money to provide security for the convention. The U.S. Secret Service will also be handling security plans for the convention.
Opponents of the petition are concerned about the presence of a large number of weapons in the Quicken Loans Arena, particularly because it is possible that this may be a contested convention and feelings could run high.
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