While the rule of the land in Ohio is that gun owners are allowed “open carry” rights, Cleveland police are getting nervous.
With the GOP convention quickly looming, it’s pretty obvious that this conservative crowd loves their guns.
It only takes a quick look through Twitter updates to see the problem:
— Alexander Trowbridge (@AlexanderTrow) July 17, 2016
Let’s think about this – because it makes a lot of sense why the Cleveland police department is starting to get nervous.
Tensions are already high for the GOP convention.
There is still a sizable portion of the GOP base who are not at all happy with Trumpism reigning supreme in the Republican party this year.
Not only that, but it is only to be expected that the area around the convention is going to be riddled with protestors. Protestors have voiced their opposition to Trump during rallies, and things have gotten violent in the past.Imagine that kind of turmoil coupled with dozens and dozens of trigger-happy people carrying firearms.
Violence against police themselves on the rise
With recent shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, there’s no doubt that police departments across the nation are on edge.
Imagine how the force is feeling when they look around them and see massive numbers of people carrying loaded guns. If anything chaotic were to break, all of these people without proper response training will have weapons to jump in and play “hero”.
If any kind of violence occurs, disaster is almost certain
Whether it’s violence from Trump supporters, angry protestors, or even just an accidental fire by one of these gun carriers, there’s no telling what could happen.
Hearing a gunshot will certain lead to immediate panic. There will be hundreds and hundreds of confused people, too many of which with guns strapped to them. If anyone gets the wrong idea, such a situation could quickly turn into a shooting match with no one certain of what is happening.
This is the argument we’ve had against rampant open carry laws in the first place. Put too many guns in one place and add in one wrong move or scary moment, and someone is likely to be killed or injured.
The Cleveland Police Union president, Stephen Loomis, expressed his concern with the situation with CNN:
“We are sending a letter to Gov. Kasich requesting assistance from him. He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something – I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point.”
Governor Kasich, a former candidate in the Republican presidential primary, was obviously put in an uncomfortable position here. Open carry laws are very popular with his voter base.
Ultimately, he denied the request Cleveland Police Union through a spokesperso:
“Ohio Governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state law as suggested.”