A guest post by Shira Goodman, CeaseFirePA
By now, you may have heard that there was an unsuccessful effort to allow guns to be carried onto the floor of the GOP convention in Cleveland this summer. The arena hosting the convention prohibits firearms but a change.org petition asked for this rule to be lifted during the GOP convention. The petition – admittedly satirical but pursued for the purpose of shedding light on an important issue – had gathered close to 50,000 signatures in just a few days, when the U.S. Secret Service weighed in and said, open carry state or not, venue rules or not, they make the call, and the call is no guns at the convention.
And this is the right call. Because conventions can get raucous, and emotional, and in that highly charged atmosphere, especially given the GOP primary fight so far, introducing guns seems like not such a good idea. We’re guessing even the Republican leaders are breathing a sigh of relief that the Secret Service took this decision out of their hands. But before the Secret Service made its ruling, there was no unified response by the GOP, Republican leaders, or even gun rights groups to the petition.
And that made us think: College campuses can get raucous, and emotional, and can be highly charged atmospheres of academic debate, and alcohol-fueled entertainment. Why is the right fighting so hard against rules barring guns on campus? Why is it only okay to bar guns at the NRA conventions and the GOP convention? Why isn’t there an uproar against those rules?
You know what they say about the goose and the gander….. And when you add a gun in the mix, well, you never know.