It has been said and written countless times: this US political season is unprecedented. Just when you think the race for Republican Party presidential candidate cannot get any stranger, it does. Usually these twists revolve around something one of those vying for the candidacy has said or written. Mud slung at an opponent’s wife or dirt dug up from the past. Good strong character traits not exactly showing the potential candidates in a presidential light.
But today it was the delegates and convention attendees who took a turn spotlighting the asininity of the current GOP. With the potentiality of a hotly contested ‘brokered’ convention on the horizon for Cleveland next July, one that is sure to get both hackles and dander up, a proverbial powder keg, some 45,000 people have signed an online petition calling for guns to be allowed into the convention site.
The petition signatories state that as the GOP is against gun-free zones in general, to determine the party’s convention site gun-free flies in the face of party policy.
Excuse me for chortling, but if I have this right, a substantial number of Republicans want to be permitted to bring firearms to a gathering of fellow Republicans, one that could very well erupt into a knock-down-drag-out fight. One that will be held in a great big concrete and steel building. A convention that could turn very ugly. Seems to me just the type of environment you would normally not want to be exacerbated by armed attendees. However as a left-leaning liberal Canadian, the thought of a bunch of right-wingers inside a huge arena shooting at each other over disagreements as to which candidate is wackier would be must see TV. Talk about fish in a barrel.
Those police forces charged with the security of convention goers and the general public maintain that a perimeter will be set up some distance from the Quicken Loans Arena to ensure no guns get into the convention.
“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,” the Secret Service said.
If watching the GOP implode on a daily basis was not fulfilling enough, the possibility of an armed standoff at the convention is too much to ask for.
The whole world is watching!