Dear Republicans: Put Your Money Where Your Propaganda Is, Allow Guns at Your Convention

republican-convention-gunsIt’s no secret that Republicans are huge (and irrational) advocates for guns. In fact, to listen to most Republicans talk, the “answer” to America’s incredibly high gun violence problem is more guns – essentially everywhere. You often hear complaints about “gun-free” zones being “death traps” for Americans who are prevented from “using their Second Amendment right to defend themselves.”

It’s all absurd propaganda, but tens of millions of paranoid gun fanatics buy into it hook, line and sinker.

Well, in case you hadn’t heard, there’s a petition going around that received over 43,000 signatures calling on the GOP to allow guns at its party’s convention this July. Though the Secret Service did release a statement saying that they have the legal right to deny anyone’s ability to carry a gun with them in places where those receiving protection from the agency are present.

I couldn’t help but notice there was no huge push by Republicans to try to override this move in an effort to allow guns to be carried inside the convention. These are the folks who say the “only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” right? So you would think a bunch of “good guys” with guns at the RNC convention would make it the safest place on the planet.

Though it doesn’t seem that the “guns are the only way to keep us safe” Republicans were too thrilled with the idea of having thousands of armed civilians filling the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland. However, aren’t Republicans the ones who frequently claim that we shouldn’t restrict the rights of the 99 percent of “law-abiding gun owners” because of a few “bad guys”? Well, if 5,ooo people brought guns, but only ten acted maliciously, that’s only 0.2 percent of the people there with guns who would act maliciously. So it’s no big deal, right?

As we all know, Republicans are completely full of crap.

Both Ted Cruz and John Kasich took the cowardly approach by saying they would “defer to the Secret Service” to determine whether or not that’s allowed, while Donald Trump said he would have to “read the fine print.” Each candidate is well aware that the Secret Service would never allow it, so these comments were just their cowardly way to not be caught on record saying they didn’t want guns there – but also avoiding saying they would support such an asinine idea.


These are the very same people, from the very same party, who think guns should be basically everywhere cowering in the face of testing out their little theory.

I find this all absolutely hilarious.

Now, would I really want people to be allowed to carry guns there? Absolutely not. My desire to see Republicans face the very pro-gun propaganda they push doesn’t override the fact that I wouldn’t want to see innocent people killed by some fools who were allowed into the convention heavily armed.

My issue here is the hypocrisy. This is a party that preaches pro-gun propaganda as a cornerstone of its entire platform clearly realizing that having thousands of armed people at its party’s convention would be an absolute (and bloody) disaster.

Republicans damn well know these tight restrictions (aka gun regulations) on firearms at this event, preventing the very dangerous 0.2 percent of people from being able to enter with a gun, is more than worth “infringing” on the Second Amendment rights of the “99 percent of law-abiding gun owners” who wouldn’t try to unlawfully shoot someone.

The bottom line is, guns at the GOP convention would almost certainly be an absolute disaster and Republicans know it. But when push came to shove and Republicans had to put their money where their propaganda was – they ducked and dodged the issue like cowards.

It proves that even they know their pro-gun rhetoric is absurd. If Republicans really, truly believed the ridiculous pro-gun b.s. they spew, the RNC convention this year would have been held at a venue where every single attendee would have been allowed to carry their AR-15’s, AK-47’s and various other guns with massive 100-round magazines. You know, those weapons that millions of Republicans claim aren’t any more dangerous than a spoon.

Funny, last I checked, spoons had yet to be banned from the Republican party’s big presidential convention.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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