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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Water Guns Banned At Republican National Convention; Actual Guns OK

Water Guns Banned At Republican National Convention; Actual Guns OK

The Tampa City Council, which is concerned about security at the Republican National Convention in August, asked Florida Governor Rick Scott last week to issue an executive order preventing people with concealed weapons permits from carrying guns around the event. The council can’t enact the ban itself due to state law which prevents local governments from regulating guns.

“We believe it is necessary and prudent to take this reasonable step to prevent a potential tragedy,” council member Lisa Montelione wrote in a letter to Scott.

The request wasn’t terribly surprising; after all, Tampa has already passed a citywide ban on carrying pieces of wood, chains, slingshots, hammers, water guns, and many other items that could conceivably be used as weapons during the convention.

On Tuesday, however, Governor Scott forcefully shot down the council’s request. Such a ban “would surely violate the 2nd Amendment,” he wrote.

So, while it will be illegal to carry a water gun outside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention will be held, it will be legal to carry an actual handgun.

Scott does share the council’s concern that the convention protests could get violent. He has a solution, however: guns.

“Like you, I share the concern that ‘violent anti-government protests or other civil unrest’ can pose ‘dangers’ and the ‘threat of substantial injury or harm to Florida residents and visitors to the State.’ But it is unclear how disarming law-abiding citizens would better protect them from the dangers and threats posed by those who would flout the law. It is at just such times that the constitutional right to self-defense is most precious and must be protected from government overreach.”

In other words, convention attendees need to be carrying concealed weapons in case protestors deserve to face some vigilante justice.

Guns will be banned inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum itself — where security will be handled by the Secret Service — but that isn’t good enough for Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

“Given the nature and the potential dynamic of this event, I think it would make sense that you would not want firearms introduced into that environment by people other than law enforcement,” Buckhorn told the Tampa Bay Times in April. “The absurdity of banning squirt guns but not being able to do anything about real guns is patently obvious.”

  • Reading this, did anyone else have the image of a GOP candidate being squirted with water, and melting like the Wicked Witch of the West ?

  • Diogenes67

    The Secret Service will determine the size of the security zone. Everyone who enters it will go through the magnetometer. No guns. Gov. Scott can shut up and color.

    • I would not be surprised if the SS is already preparing for this event…in Cartagena!

      • Diogenes67

        No need to. Most of the Combian hookers will be flying to Tampa to minister to the Evangelical Christians.

  • So if security is going to use magnameters to screen for iron, ate they also going to have hydrometers to screen for H2O?

  • unknowncolor

    Is there some OK Coral brewing?

  • It is refreshing to see the founder and former CEO of Columbia HCO show concern over the need to protect the Constitution and the law.

  • This topic says a lot about the type of people expected to attend the RNC. Until now I’ve only thought of teabaggers as basically stupid people. Now we realize some are also probably dangerous.

  • Only something this upsurb could come from none other that the Republican Party. Now everyone into the hot tub.

  • FURTHER PROOF that JAN BREWER is the Wicked Witch of the Southwest. It may be a generic Republican kind of thing.

  • jcurtis595

    The insanity of our elected leaders in this country never ceases to amaze me. Walker just doesn’t get it. How many nut jobs are there out there with a concealed weapons permit? 100? 1000? 1,000,000? Its the nut jobs WITH a concealed weapons permit that need screened out to prevent another bloody incident.

    Seriously folks, we need to do something about reasonable restrictions on guns in this country. We are living in a period of insanity, not the least of which involves the permissiveness of the carrying and use of deadly weapons.

    I sure as hell hope no black delegates to the convention decide to wear a hoodie and enter the area at night —- Oh wait a minute !!! A black delegate to the Republican convention ???? Never mind! There’s no danger after all !!!!

    Jay Curtis (author of THE CODE)

  • jcurtis595

    Ops. Not Walker but Scott who doesn’t understand.

    My Bad

  • majong13

    The Republicans can go to all the parties they want with their guns. As long as they don’t come to my parties. Let them kill each other off.

  • So the second amendment allows people to carry arms to protect themselves from anti-government protesters? I don’t think that is the intent governor. When the political bosses need protection from the people then the problems with our country are self evident.

  • So the second amendment allows people to carry arms to protect themselves from anti-government protesters? I don’t think that is the intent governor. When the political bosses need protection from the people then the problems with our country are self evident.

  • Well the Neo-Nazi JT Ready was a law abiding Republican here in AZ and killed four people and himself. This is the type of people GOPs attract.

  • I’d love to see a gun battle break out between Tea Baggers and the rest of the Retardlicans!!

    • joyscarbo

      Aw, now you’re insulting the mentally retarded…even they don’t vote for repubes! LOL!!

    • Jon

      Don’t you know, cowards never fight their own battles.. They’ll find one of their patsy’s dress up as an OWS and pretend to kill everybody (missing everyone) then the OWS becomes history.. Perfect Pub logic.

  • Because being mugged on the grounds at a nation political convention are amazingly high.Don’t these people understand that the ones who want to rob them are INSIDE the building?

  • tutidiez

    This Shouldn’t be a Surprise to anyone, Republicans are Characterized for the love of Guns Violence and Wars, it is in their Genes and Blood, and Hate for anyone who thinks different from their right wing extremism, so my suggestion is “Democrats Stay Away From That Convention as far as you can”

  • jerder

    I know people and the NRS, I have one brother who belongs. But I think allowing hand guns into the Republican convention is taking things a bit too far. No one’s right to bear arms to protect their homes and property is going to be violated their, and they will most definitely be threatened. Now is this kowtowing to the NRA to buy vote4s, or what? Only the republicans would come up with this one. Glad I am an independent.

  • 5sandiego_rebecca5

    As Forest Gump said “Stupid is as Stupid does”.

  • noelle99

    Typical BS

  • buriedsecret1

    This is scary, someone could get injured or even KILLED, is he just plain stupid??????.

    • Jon

      Who’s gonna get offed? All they have to do is bring out the old reliable etch-a- sketch. Problem solved.

  • Dear Governor, have you noticed the sudden increase of applications for carrying concealed weapon permits? Well! Have you? Can only mean disaster somewhere along the road to the TBT Forum. Won’t it “violate” the weapon carriers 2nd amendment rights when they have to disarm or not be able to enter the Forum?

  • Dear Governor, have you noticed the sudden increase of applications for carrying concealed weapon permits? Well! Have you? Can only mean disaster somewhere along the road to the TBT Forum. Won’t it “violate” the weapon carriers 2nd amendment rights when they have to disarm or not be able to enter the Forum?

  • ObozoMustGo

    Good going Gov! You are absolutely correct! Plus, it may actually keep all of the Occupy bums and losers from becoming violent, lest they get shot and killed. They can protest all they want. Just stay peaceful. That’s the hard part. They dont like staying peaceful because burning cars and buildings, having riots with cops in line pushing back is EXACTLY the picture they want to paint. Dont believe me… watch. When it comes, you can say ObozoMustGo told me so! 🙂

    Have a nice day!

  • Charelle

    May they have a wonderful shoot out at the convention! This is just how unreasonable the Republican Party has become, they can’t even protect themselves! Yes, like Gnewt said at the recent convention, “Everyone should carry guns!”
    I do not think that the gents who wrote the Constitution ever thought that a gun would be what a gun is today. They only knew that the British, the lions tigers and bears and Indians were coming and that they felt everyone should protect themselves.
    What’s the excuse now? We are shooting at each other for no good reason and calling it “self defense”.
    Things are totally out of hand!

  • Charelle

    Bigspender should know that to be stupid IS dangerous! This just proves it…

  • DrNoLies

    Once again, the Republicans flunk fifth grade English.
    Quote: “The provision of a well-regulated militia being essential to the security of the several states,…”
    This is a States Rights protection, not an Individual Rights protection, but you would have to pass fifth grade English to understand the relationship between a dependent clause and an independent clause.

  • DoroJim

    It’s hard to believe that the GOP wants to stoop so low as to ban guns at the Republican National Convention. What will the NRA have to say about that? (Isn’t the GOP supposed to support the 2nd Amendment above all else?) Besides, there isn’t anything quite like an old fashioned gun fight to catch the attention of the public.

    Jim Myers

  • tr7fan

    why anyone in their right mind would want to go to the republican convention in the first place is beyond my comprehension

  • Sounds like the Old West . ..

  • ckibbey80

    It doesn’t suprise me that our (I am a FL resident) dear governer would do such. He has done some real doozies since he came to power…killed the light rail system that would have produced approx. 25,000 jobs in the Tampa Bay/Orlando area-this was done for political reasons as President Obama “gifted” Tampa with bail out money to build it, he cut the education budgets to the bone which caused schools to be shut down or not be renovated. For a couple of days he could not be found anywhere, so the Tamp Bay Times newspaper went on a man hunt for him…they found him in Colorado meeting with the Koch brothers to get them to push for expanding the Port of Tampa instead of the light rail system. This guy looks like a skeleton with skin streached around it and is crookeder than 7 Hells…

  • Jon

    Republican National Convention requested this? What for? There’s no one (sane or insane) who would want to gun down a loser.. Insanity craves immortalization over an infamous act.. No one wants to off a clown. Now I can fully understand the water pistols, the marshmallow guns and the loaded pies, these could actually inflict embarrassing damage.