“Thousands Petition To Allow Guns At Republican Convention For ‘Safety’”
This Huffington Post headline today comes only a week or so after Donald Trump assured us there will likely be riots at the GOP convention in Cleveland.
The Change.org petition, with more than 30,000 supporters this evening, claims that the arena’s weapon ban makes those who attend the RNC in July “sitting ducks, utterly helpless against evil-doers and criminals.” Ohio is an open carry state.
The petition notes that Cleveland is consistently listed as one of America’s ten most dangerous cities and says, “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.”
Trying to inject some levity into the situation, one HuffPo commenter observed, “It gives ‘Donald. Duck!’ a whole new meaning.”
Let’s hope everyone can still make jokes when this whole thing is over.
Note, March 30: Fortunately for all concerned, the petition turned out to be satire, sort of, for which an anonymous petitioner who calls himself The Hyperationalist claimed credit. CBS News interviewed him and discussed his rationale.