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As the media works Americans into a heightened state of fear, the Cleveland Police Department is asking the Governor of Ohio for permission to suspend the state’s open carry laws during the GOP National Convention. Once again, police are trying to bend, break and take away rights.

After all these mass shootings in gun free zones, one would think that police would start educating citizens and helping to arm them. However, society tends to act in a backward movement at the moment.

“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,” Stephen Loomis, president of Cleveland’s police union, told CNN.

“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,” he concluded.

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The media has hyped things up to make people think there is going to be madness and blood in the streets. However, banning the way people can protect themselves will cause just that.

In 2012, Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law that made it easier for Ohio residents to carry concealed firearms, opened up the concealed carry law to allow drivers to carry firearms in their vehicles, and streamlined the process for firearm registration. In 2014, Kasich signed another bill into law allowing hunters to equip their weapons with suppressors.

Ohio is an open carry state, meaning residents are allowed to carry weapons openly without needing a license.

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There have been several days already this week where people have openly carried guns near the convention without any issues.

Usually, when the media attempts to paint otherwise peaceful scenarios as chaotic, they rarely are. Then, in times where something horrific happens, it’s least expected.

I was personally a delegate to the Texas state convention in 2012 and 2014. Plenty of people decided to openly carry during the convention, and not one person had an issue. Nobody was hurt, nobody was arrested, there was not even a call to police.

In addition, we cannot have police and lawmakers having the authority to take away rights of the people during certain situations. If anything, these conditions are examples of when we need our rights the most. The right of free speech includes the right to protest while being armed.

The good news is that Governor Kasich, through a spokesperson, rejected the request from the Cleveland police. “Ohio Governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state law as suggested,” his spokesperson said.

Freedom – 1

Constitutional violating police – 0

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