“Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown [abive] has joined the call for Gov. John Kasich to suspend Ohio’s open carry law during the Republican National Convention this week,” cleveland.com reports.
“I would hope that the governor would listen to the police union and suspend conceal and open carry in Ohio, in Cleveland, during this convention,” BuzzFeed reports. “I know the governor could call a hurried special session, get the legislature to Columbus, like, tonight or tomorrow and do this.”
Senator Brown, a Democrat, is either ignorant or simply lying, pandering to the police union:
“Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested. The bonds between our communities and police must be reset and rebuilt, as we’re doing in Ohio, so our communities and officers can be safe.”
Article 1 of the Ohio Constitution specifically limits the right to suspend laws to the legislature: “No power of suspending laws shall ever be exercised, except by the general assembly.”
Senator Brown was first elected to public office in 1974, just after graduating from Yale. He’s spent his entire adult life either in public office or, concurrently, in academia. He’s reported to be on the short list of Hillary Clinton’s picks for the Vice President. If not that, there’s speculation that she may nominate or appoint Brown to another position in her administration.
Senator Brown is not ignorant of the Constitution, a document to which he swore an oath to uphold and defend. He simply regards it as irrelevant, a minor obstacle to be overcome or, as the Democratic platform proclaims, “a blueprint for progress.” This makes him a very dangerous man.
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