If there is one thing that all Republican presidential candidates agree on, it is the issue of gun control — or a deadly lack thereof it. The White House hopefuls may have spent the entire campaign hurling personal insults at each other, but they all seem to believe the solution to the epidemic of mass shootings and gun violence lies in more guns.
Therefore, it might come as a surprise that the pro-NRA GOP, which derides the idea of gun-free zones, won’t allow voters to bring in their assault weapons to one of their biggest events.
Interestingly, this year’s Republican National Convention, scheduled to take place in Cleveland from July 18 to 21 at the Quicken Loans Arena, will ban firearms even though Ohio allows open-carry. The arena has a no guns policy.
Naturally, scores of attendees want to bring their weapons along. In fact, someone even started a terrifying online petition that has already collected over 41,000 signatures.
“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 anonymously written petition reads. “This is a direct affront to the Second Amendment and puts all attendees at risk.”
It mentions how the National Rifle Association has dubbed gun-free zones, such as the Quicken Loans Arena, as “the worst and most dangerous of all lies” and calls on Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich to override the “irresponsible and hypocritical act of selecting a ‘gun-free zone’” at the convention site.
“By forcing attendees to leave their firearms at home, the RNC and Quicken Loans Arena are putting tens of thousands of people at risk both inside and outside of the convention site,” the petition says. “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.”
While it’s not clear if the petitioner actually wants guns in the arena or just hopes to get the point across, one thing is for certain — the Republicans are hypocrites who are completely fine with guns in schools but won’t allow them at their own events.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, during an interview on Sunday, declined to take an immediate position on the petition, saying he wanted to take a close look at a proposal. While the billionaire noted he was a “very, very strong person for the Second Amendment,” his unusual reluctance to answer the question seems like an answer in itself.