“This is our historic moment to go on the offense," the NRA said.
As much as Cleveland might like to set more reasonable limits on where people can openly carry guns, the city is handcuffed. In 2006, the gun lobby's allies in the Ohio general assembly overrode a Republican governor's veto and made "preemption" the law.
If you are planning to attend this week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, please be sure to leave your tennis balls at home. But if you want to bring your fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle, please, feel free.
Some law enforcement leaders say municipalities should have the power to suspend open-carry laws to protect public safety.
"When you have gunfire going on, you usually go with the person that's got a gun," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.
Looking up from the gun he was cleaning, Rawlings added, "Young folks these days don't have so much impulse control, and I've heard that yoga is a gateway to meditation. I mean, have these kids even taken a yoga safety class?"
Did Jesus ever "open carry"? Yes, he did. Jesus open carried the Roman weapon of execution, the cross on which he died. And that's the only weapon Jesus ever open carried.
Allowing access to weaponry is the quickest way I can martyr myself in the cause of narcissism. Frankly, the state of Ohio
A petition has enveloped the looming Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer in awkward surrealism, and has forced the three Republican presidential candidates to duck for cover from their own words.