“The author of the online petition calling for an armed Republican convention turns out to be an Internet troll. He was unmasked Monday by CBS News. Jim, as he called himself, is a self-described liberal Democrat. He apparently has a huge dislike for guns. He did volunteer work for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and said he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee.” Surprised? Saul Alinsky’s rule #4: make your enemy live up to its own book of rules. And just because this little fire was started by an advocate of civilian disarmament . . .
doesn’t mean he was wrong.
“If they believe this so strongly -– that gun-free zones are dangerous -– why am I the one raising the stink? I think they should take up the cause. It would bring them up on intellectual consistency.”
Fair point. Politicians — of any stripe — living up to their own professed standards is about as frequently found as nickel-a-round .22LR ammo. All “Jim” did was take the opportunity to hoist the GOP on its own pro-gun petard for a few days.
Not that it matters any more. The GOP brass got what it no doubt wanted most…a convenient excuse to blame the convention gun ban on someone else. The Secret Service put a stop to any more consideration of firearms freedom when the delegate votes are called.
“Only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site,” a spokesman for the agency said.
‘Hey, we wanted to allow them, but the Secret Service said no. Darn!‘
So the GOP convention will remain a designated gun-free zone. And the Secret Service decree takes the topic out of the news, relieving Republican officials and the remaining candidates of having to answer uncomfortable questions from media types who relish every opportunity to see them squirm. As far as “Jim” is concerned, mission accomplished. Nicely played.