As Johannes reported earlier, the controversy over open carry at the Republican National Convention ended up being a damp squib. Much to the chagrin of those calling for Governor Kasich to declare a state of emergency (and suspend Ohioans’ constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms). And much to the displeasure of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex, no feathers were ruffled, no shots were fired.
In their attempt to sacrifice some credibility after their open carry condemnation, Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun agitpropmeisters at The Trace posted a photo gallery of Cleveland open carriers. They highlighted the image of above, the only one with anything even remotely resembling “conflict.” And they said this about that:
In some ways, open carry is about exercising First Amendment rights via a provocative assertion of the Second. But when free speech and guns mix, discourse can become fraught, such as when Mark Steven, who had travelled to the convention from Anaheim, California, got into an argument with Devonn Bush of Cleveland.
And…nothing happened. Except both sides got some media love. Hate? Whatever. Bottom line: score one for “gun normalization.” Which left The Trace as petulant as ever:
Mostly, though, the specter of armed confrontations has so far provided just one more spectacle at the 2016 Republican convention — and a minor one at that.
Don’t you just hate it when “gun violence” doesn’t happen? [/sarc]