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Republicans are hoping to bring more than patriotic posters and American flags into the Republican National Convention: They want to tote guns, too.

In an online petition, more than 50,000 conservatives are leading a campaign to allow guns at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

The reason: Conservatives claim they will be “sitting ducks” in the Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the convention, if Republican attendees aren’t carrying guns.

Sitting ducks? Seriously?

“Cleveland, Ohio is consistently ranked as one of the top ten most dangerous cities in America,” the petition states. “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.”

This is complete lunacy. Are Republicans expecting mobs of Cleveland residents to kick down doors and start shooting up the arena in the middle of a floor fight to pick the Republican nominee for president?

I doubt it.

The petition, which started last week, said the arena’s no-gun policy is “a direct affront to the Second Amendment” and “puts all attendees at risk.”

So who exactly are Republicans afraid of? Who are the Cleveland residents who Republicans feel would harm them? Cleveland is a predominantly African-American city (53%) so are Republicans afraid of black people? And if Cleveland is so dangerous, why did Republican leaders select Cleveland to host their national convention?

These Republican alarmists are becoming more dangerous by the day and could cause a shoot-out if guns were allowed at the convention. It only takes one irresponsible hot-head to fire a shot that could result in chaos. Even though Ohio is an open carry state, the Quicken Loans Arena, thankfully, does not allow guns.

And fortunately, those who want to tote guns at the convention won’t get their way. The U.S. Secret Service, according to Reuters, will not allow people to carry guns into RNC.

GOP and GUNS: Who Are They Afraid Of? was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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