The Cleveland Policeman’s Union has asked Governor John Kasich of Ohio to declare an emergency and suspend Ohio’s open carry law for the Republican National Convention (RNC). Citing the latest tragic mass shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, they are asking for a state of emergency to protect life.
Governor Kasich’s statement on today’s attack on police officers in Baton Rouge. pic.twitter.com/o6X8CnTT8X
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 17, 2016
Despite the above message, it appears that Kasich isn’t that concerned about police lives.
Stephen Loomis, president of Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told CNN:
We are sending a letter to Gov. Kasich requesting assistance from him. He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something — I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point. They can fight about it after the RNC or they can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.
It seems that Kasich doesn’t believe that he has the power to protect his constituents, nor does it appear that he will be doing anything to even attempt to. His response is that he doesn’t have the power to protect them and the “bonds between our communities and police need to be reset.” Reset. Really? And doing nothing to secure police lives, or convention goers lives for that matter, is the way that Kasich is going to see this done.
His “sincere” message above is belied by his PRESS RELEASE refusing the one thing those same officers have asked of him:
Cleveland police union asked for suspension of 'open carry' in wake of Baton Rouge, before RNC -> Gov. Kasich stmt: pic.twitter.com/oqU6h68j09
— Cassie Spodak (@CassieSpodak) July 17, 2016
No one wants there to be a shooting at the RNC, but the fact is, having a bunch of angry, adrenaline-fueled convention-goers strapped with guns makes it a very dangerous situation. And if shooting did erupt, the Dallas Police Department can attest to the fact that having a bunch of terrified “good guys with guns” fleeing from the bullets makes the jobs of police officers responding that much harder.
Despite the outcry from police, Democratic lawmakers, and American citizens, it is clear that the GOP is more interested in protecting guns than they are in protecting people. This is a simple request, our laws are insane, and open carry will at the very least cause police to have multiple unrelated subjects to sort through before they can even get to finding any actual shooter.
— Alexander Trowbridge (@AlexanderTrow) July 17, 2016
More frightening is the idea of collateral damage from untrained civilians shooting into crowds of people to get a “bad guy.” How many lives must be lost before Republicans like the former presidential hopeful Kasich actually do anything at all to stop the flow of blood into our streets?
The GOP should just adopt the motto #NoLivesMatter for the RNC, at least that is honest.
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