“Protesters at this summer’s political conventions could be packing more than hot tempers.” Do you see what the nydailynews.com did there? Right from the first sentence, the paper is implying that American citizens who carry guns [legally] are a hot-tempered, trigger-happy threat to law and order. “Demonstrators could come armed with guns, thanks to lenient laws in the host states Florida and North Carolina.” See? “Lenient,” as “merciful, generous, or indulgent.” The gun carrying hotheads are being “allowed” to carry guns by the Powers That Be rather than, say, exercising their right to keep and bear arms during a democratic (small d) demonstration of their political will. Uh-oh! “The idea of protesters carrying guns has officials in Tampa, the site of the GOP convention, and Charlotte, where Democrats will convene, are becoming increasingly concerned [sic].” And so . . .
The Tampa City Council voted Thursday to ask GOP Gov. Rick Scott to change the gun laws during the Republican National Convention at the end of August, at which the GOP presidential candidate will officially be nominated.
The city’s leaders have already proposed a list of banned items at the convention, including hatchets, chains and gas masks — but they are prevented from prohibiting concealed guns.
And now, prepared to be surprised. Over at the Democratic Convention site . . .
Officials in North Carolina have not publicly voiced concern as authorities try to balance resident’s safety and the First and Second amendments.
“We can’t change what the state legislature has in place,” acknowledged Mark Newbold, an attorney with the Charlotte Police Department.
Huh. One wonders what would’ve happened if protestors at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago had been armed.