Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Better Hurry Up With That VP Pick

And Mr. Romney, may I suggest a centrist like yourself? It removes the incentive.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has officially rejected a proposal by the city of Tampa to limit firearms outside the Republican National Convention in Florida later this year.

Last week, the Tampa City Council formally asked Scott to use his executive power to temporarily suspend a state law that prevents local governments from regulating guns.

The council has already issued a citywide ban on items like pieces of wood, switchblades, slingshots, containers of bodily fluids and even squirt guns. A so-called “Clean Zone” around the convention area would prohibit string longer than six inches, glass containers, light bulbs, portable shields and gas masks. A smaller protest area would prevent demonstrators from having camping gear, bottles, cans and umbrellas. The Secret Service has said that only law enforcement will be able to carry firearms inside of the convention center.

“The short answer to your request is found in the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution,” Scott said in his letter to the council (PDF). “While the government may enforce longstanding prohibitions on the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, an absolute ban on possession in entire neighborhoods and regions would surely violate the 2nd Amendment.”

“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,” he added.
Yeah, the whole notion that you would stop people from carrying guns while members of the out-of-touch RNC leave or enter the Convention Center to nominate the first Socialist Republican Presidential candidate, thus handing America over to the terrorists, is crazy. Look, what's the worst that could happen? One nutso (a Democrat, obviously, probably with ties to the White House) squeezes off a couple of rounds into Romney's cranium. But then that guy is immediately taken out by dozens of law-abiding citizens! All the problems solved at once!

But Rick, what's with the ban on firearms INSIDE the convention center? You can suspend that, can't ya? Or do you hate our cherished freedoms? Tree of liberty, pal. Tree of liberty.

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