In the wake of multiple shootings across the country that have taken the lives of police officers, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association is pleading for open carry laws in Ohio to be suspended during the Republican National Convention.
NEW: Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association drafting asking OH Gov. John Kasich to suspend open carry in Cleveland during RNC Convention.
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Ohio is a state that allows firearms to be carried openly in public. Right-wingers have been proudly exercising this right as the city of Cleveland gears up for the GOP convention this week.
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) July 17, 2016
— Alexander Trowbridge (@AlexanderTrow) July 17, 2016
After five police officers were killed in Dallas, Texas and three more were killed on Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, law enforcement is asking Ohio Gov. John Kasich to declare an emergency and prohibit open carry during the RNC.
According to police union president Steve Loomis, Ohio’s open carry law makes it “much more difficult” to ensure the convention won’t turn into a bloodbath.
Somebody’s got to do something,” Loomis said Sunday. “What we have now is completely irresponsible.
Firearms will not be permitted inside the venue, but outside it remains perfectly acceptable to walk around with an arsenal strapped to your back. Despite the fact that authorities have banned a list of other items including tennis balls and large backpacks, guns are still fair game.
Kasich’s press secretary Emmalee Kalmback released a statement explaining that the governor does not have the authority to suspend open carry laws.
Law enforcement is a noble, essential calling and we all grieve that we’ve again seen attacks on officers. Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested,” the statement said.
“The bonds between our communities and police must be reset and rebuilt — as we’re doing in Ohio — so our communities and officers can both be safe. Everyone has an important role to play in that renewal.
Following the shooting in Baton Rouge on Sunday, Kasich posted a video on Twitter to offer the standard thoughts and prayers Republicans always send out after lax gun laws lead to dead Americans. He told the Ohio Highway State Patrol how much he “appreciates their service here at the convention in Cleveland.”
Our hearts, prayers, go out to their families,” he said in the video.
“And let’s be clear: These kinds of vicious attacks on police officers will only serve to drive a wedge and destroy the very fabric of our society.”
Governor Kasich’s statement on today’s attack on police officers in Baton Rouge. pic.twitter.com/o6X8CnTT8X
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 17, 2016
Right-wing gun nuts will not be pleased with the infringement of their all-important Second Amendment rights because the hell with the rights of everyone else to not be shot by a gun-toting moron, right? For reference, this is a shining example of the “well-trained” militia marching around the streets of Cleveland right now:
A video posted by Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) on
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