Having weapons at a hotly contested and potentially violent political event may sound like the mother of all bad ideas, but that hasn’t stopped some gun enthusiasts for starting a petition to do just that, Ohio.com reports.
Americans for Responsible Open Carry filed the petition with Change.org this week, and as of Friday morning it had garnered nearly 12,000 signatures.
According to the GOP’s policy on their website, “firearms and other weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden on the premises of Quicken Loans Arena,” where the convention will be held.
The petition claims that “Cleveland, Ohio is consistently ranked as one of the top ten most dangerous cities in America.”
But, “This doesn’t even begin to factor in the possibility of an ISIS terrorist attack on the arena during the convention. 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 petition also notes, “All three remaining Republican candidates have spoken out on the issue and are unified in their opposition to Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s ‘gun-free zones.'”
It seems reasonably likely that this year’s convention, from July 18-21, will be a brokered one as the Republican party has schemed ways to prevent the current front-runner, Donald Trump, from securing the party’s nomination.
This has prompted Trump to say that there could be resulting violence if he is in fact denied the nomination.
“I think we will win before getting to the convention,” he said. “But I can tell you, if we didn’t and if we’re 20 votes short or if we’re 100 short and we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400 because we’re way ahead of everybody, I don’t think you can say that we don’t get it automatically, I think you would have riots. I think you would have riots.”