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Cleveland Police Union Demands Kasich Ban Open Carry For This Week

In the wake of Baton Rouge, Cleveland police are pulling no punches, and who can blame them?
Cleveland Police Union Demands Kasich Ban Open Carry For This Week
Two photos, taken less than 40 feet from each other. Image from: Alexander Trowbridge/Twitter

After today's tragedy in Baton Rouge, which appears to be the consequence of two parties with assault rifles shooting at each other with police caught in the crossfire, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association is demanding that Governor Kasich issue a ban on open carry in Cleveland for the duration of the convention.

And by the way, they don't really give a rip about whether said ban is constitutional or not at this point. Can't say as I blame them, especially given the tone the Republican candidate is setting in this country.

"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 Police Patrolmen's Association, 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."

Their request is in response to the utterly idiotic laws that allow people to walk around with AR-15 style weapons slung across their backs while banning tennis balls and other far less lethal weapons.

Kasich, of course, says he will do no such thing.

Kasich, responding to the request, said: "Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested."

"The bonds between our communities and police must be reset and rebuilt -- as we're doing in Ohio -- so our communities and officers can both be safe. Everyone has an important role to play in that renewal," he said.

He's kidding, right? They're hosting a guy claiming to be the "law and order" candidate. Translate the whole Law and Order thing as something more like fascism. Trump and his minions stir up the haters and the masses into a teeming froth of hate, which is exactly an environment where police do not need to contend with citizens carrying weapons of mass death.

According to reports, the Baton Rouge tragedy today was the consequence of police being caught in the crossfire between two groups with assault-style weapons.

Here's Speaker Paul Ryan's utterly lame response to today's tragedy in Baton Rouge.

To which I replied:

The cynicism of these ammosexuals is so openly obvious, even when the ones paying for it are police. Let's just toss these NRA shills out of office in November and actually set about the business of getting something done, shall we?

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