Several Trump delegates have said they are planning on bringing guns to Republican National Convention. Those in favor of such a move claim they are worried about an attack by ISIS. The delegates know that guns aren’t allowed inside the convention, but several say that if attack were to occur they would expect it to occur outside the convention halls.
James Klien, who is a longtime supporter of the NRA, says he believes that the diners and others businesses around the convention would be a prime target for ISIS. Klein says he believes there is likely going to be too much security at the convention for it to make a successful target, but there are plenty of other opportunities for violence.
‘We’re talking about ISIS. We’re talking about people who have shown a PROPENSITY for violence.
‘i’m not a terrorist, okay, but I’m an academic and a theorist, and I would think that if I were an ISIS guy that I might want to attack the Republican National Convention.’
Ash Khare applied for a concealed carry permit in preparation for the convention saying that people need to be prepared and able to defend themselves in case something happens.
‘There are a whole bunch of things happening: You go to various events, receptions, whatever, outside the convention hall. And you walk on the streets and, you know, people know that you are a delegate, and who knows what the crazy people are going to do? So you’ve got to be vigilant about what’s going on and prepare yourself.’
Marc Scaringi, who has talked with other Trump supporters about carrying guns to the convention, isn’t sure whether or not he wants to bring one or not. He says since guns aren’t allowed inside the convention hall, he isn’t sure what he would do with it when it was time to go inside.
I’f you can’t have the firearm in the convention, then you really can’t take it, because what do you do with it? I don’t think there’s going to be any firearms locker room. That’s really the only thing preventing me from saying, ‘Yeah, I’m going to go ahead and carry.’
It isn’t just ISIS that Trump supporters are worried about. Some, such as Scaringi, are worried that anti-Trump protesters could cause trouble at the convention citing the protest events that have followed some of Trump’s campaign events.
‘I think this is going to be the most riotous political convention since 1968, and maybe even more so. In addition to just your average political protester, you’re going to get serious people here who want to do harm and want to create mayhem.’
It’s rather ironic that Trump’s supporters are worried about violence when their candidate has said peaceful protesters should be carried out on stretchers and has offered to pay the legal fees of those who engage in violence on his behalf. Of course, we suppose it isn’t that surprising when you consider that right-wing media, such as Rush Limbaugh, is already predicting violence in the case of a Trump election.
‘ I want you to think: What’s going to happen that night. What’s going to happen the next day? What’s going to happen every day thereafter? what’s going to happen the day Trump gets inaugurated? What is the left going to do? They’re not going to just sit idly by and accept this.’
Limbaugh’s words are especially ironic when you consider that incidents of right-wing domestic terrorism have been on the rise in recent years, but then again Limbaugh has never been a big fan of facts.
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