Would you feel safe or unsafe if you were standing next to an open carry citizen? It looks like things are going to get very interesting at the RNC this year.
An assortment of gun fanatics, anti-Islamists and Trump lovers and haters combined with heavy police numbers and demonstrators from across America to mark the start of the Republican National Convention today.
Gun-toting men exercising their rights under the Second Amendment and making their point showed off their weapons while supporters of civil rights campaigners group Black Lives Matters gathered in their hundreds close by.
Thousands of police personnel were drafted in from as far as California and Indiana to try and prevent trouble with the advice from senior officers to be ‘especially cautious’ against the threat of sniper fire.
The open-carry activists defied a plea by the Cleveland police patrolmen’s union for no guns in the vicinity of the RNC.
The union wrote to Ohio Governor John Kasich asking him to temporarily suspend the state’s open carry laws for the four-day convention fell on deaf ears.
However Kasich, who helped create the state’s open-carry law, said he could not do so because he did not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws.
The result was the emergence of several people openly showing off their weapons despite the heightened fears of violence following the murder yesterday of three police officers in Baton Rouge and the killing of two black men by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota the week before.
Read more: Daily Mail