Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Having a blast ..... Can we have concealed weapons Premier McGinty?

Good Day Readers:

Can you imagine if concealed weapons were allowed at a Conservative national convention in Ottawa to tell voters to be more austere in the face of public servant jobs cuts and programs reductions meanwhile p.....g away taxpayer dollars like an army of drunken sailors?

Sincerely,
Clare L. Pieuk

Rick Scott, Florida Governor: Guns OK at the Republican National Convention in Tampa

Existing state laws in the Sunshine State allows residents to carry weapons

Aliyah Shahid
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Concealed guns will be allowed at the Republican National Convention in Tampa despite pleas from city officials to temporarily ban the state's lenient laws at the politically charged event. (James F. Dean/Getty Images)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will allow guns at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, despite pleas from city officials to temporarily ban the state's lenient laws at the politically charged event.

The GOP governor cites the Second Amendment to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in a letter obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, arguing, "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.

"It is at just such times that the constitutional right to self-defense is most precious and must be protected from government overreach."

Existing state laws in the Sunshine State allow residents to carry concealed weapons.

The Tampa City Council voted last week to ask Scott to prohibit guns downtown and in some nearby areas during the August 27-30 convention, at which the GOP presidential candidate will officially be nominated.

The request to Scott was necessary due to a Florida law that bans local officials from overturning state gun statutes.

Approximately 15,000 protesters are expected to show up at the event.

"We feel it is necessary and prudent to take this step to prevent a tragedy," Councilwoman Lisa Montelione argued last week.

Buckhorn said, "In the potentially contentious environment surrounding the RNC, a firearm unnecessarily increases the threat of imminent harm and injury to the residents and visitors of the city."

In the letter, Scott insists protesters and convention attendees will be safe, pointing to a security plan that already bans guns in the convention center and a safe zone run by the Secret Service.

"We have had political conventions in this country since the dawn of the Republic," he wrote.

"They are an essential means of furthering our Constitutional rights of free speech and to vote. Our fundamental right to keep and bear arms has coexisted with these freedoms for just as long, and I see no reason to depart from that tradition this year."

Postscript

"..... and a safe zone run by the Secret Service." Sounds like the place to be!

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