The head of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association has asked Governor Kasich to suspend the Constitution, declare an emergency, or somesuch, in order to ban the legal open carry of firearms in Cuyahoga County for the period of the Republican convention. Fortunately, Kasich understands the limits of government power. There is no authority for him to do this. There is no emergency. There is no indication that the open carry of firearms threatens the police. In a Fox television interview, retired Lt. of Police, Steve Rogers says that police live are at risk. He does not say why or how. From foxnews.com:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s office rebuffed a call Sunday from the Cleveland police union to ban the open carry of firearms during the Republican National Convention, in the wake of the deadly shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge.There were upwards of 20 open carriers in Texas at the Black Lives Matter protest march. A hidden sniper killed five police officers. None of the open carry marchers had anything to do with the shooting. So why is retired Lt. Rogers growing fantatic about the supposed risk?
FOX 8 reported earlier that Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, is asking Kasich to prohibit open carry this week in Cuyahoga County, which surrounds Cleveland.
Hard to say. A hundred years ago, a group of black people who openly carried guns would likely not have been tolerated in Cleveland. A hundred years ago, it was white people who were openly racist. That has all changed. Today it is Democrats who say black people should not be armed. Funny, it was Democrats who said they should not be armed a hundred years ago.
The Governor took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did the Cleveland police. The police chief in Cleveland might remind them of that fact.
I predict that there will not be any problems with open carry and the Republican convention. The police will be vigilant, and that is a positive thing. But they will not be unconstitutionally disarming people of any color.
It is not only guns, but digital recording devices that will be protecting Constitutional rights in Cleveland.
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