The Irony of Life and It’s No Gun Control Laws: Not necessarily all good for the common good. ©Natalie Keshing
In Ohio, you can openly march right up to any public doorstep anywhere in the City of Cleveland, depending upon your mood for the day you can carry your hand gun or your AK-47. That’s the major ingredient in this type of scenario, ‘Depending upon your mood’ and maybe your mental instability for some.
Tents, ladders, coolers, canned goods, tennis balls and bicycle locks are banned in the area surrounding the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
BUT GUNS ARE NOT!!!
That’s right, there is no logical deduction or common sense law to separate a life threatening weapon from the tents, ladders, coolers, canned goods, tennis balls and bicycle locks.
But I will say this, why would anyone be carrying a ladder publicly? Perhaps to position themselves from an elevated position. Why a tent? Because that’s the perfect hideaway to prepare. How about a cooler carrying soft drinks and an assortment of cold cuts or something else? Canned goods? It looks like a can of corn? Look closer. A tennis ball? It rolls much faster than a larger object to it’s destination not to mention you can throw it much farther as well. A bicycle lock can lock something in place indefinitely and not just a bike. A hand gun, one shot and you change someone else’s life including your own. An AK-47, you destroy countless lives. ©Natalie Keshing
This is the law they say and they commit to; no matter what the outcome can be with many gun owners walking around with their guns in a holster like back in the days of the wild wild west. But this isn’t the wild wild west and the cowboys and Indians have made their peace.
Today, we are a more populated society and therefore there is more mentally unstable people with anger fueling their only purpose; to kill. ISIS is the very example of this and so were all the soft target killers here in the United States since the Columbine attack; all 255 of these killers.
Governor John Kasich had already responded on Sunday to the request by the Cleveland Police Union President for the suspension of the law during the Republican National Convention. This request by Union President Steve Loomis followed after Sunday morning’s fatal shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the fatal shootings of five police officers in Dallas, Texas.
Kasich said, “Ohio governors don’t have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or laws. He called law enforcement a noble and essential calling and said people are grieving again after new attacks on officers. The bonds between communities and police must be reset and rebuilt.”
But there was no reference made by Governor Kasich to protect the Cleveland Police Officers, the public, and protesters during the RNC. Then Governor Kasich’s decision weighed into a national debate pitting city authorities who contend with gun violence against state lawmakers who answer to gun-loving voters.
Finally, Law enforcement leaders are seeing the light and the basic truth that major municipalities should have the power to suspend open-carry laws when needed to protect public safety. Currently, 15 of the 45 states that allow openly carried handguns give cities power to restrict those laws, according to a Reuters review of state statutes.
“A decade ago, all Ohio municipalities had the power to regulate how guns could be carried. Now, only the state legislature can do it.”
“In 2006, the state legislature passed a law denying cities the ability to restrict openly carried weapons, overriding the veto of then-Governor Bob Taft. Cleveland sued the state to try to win back that power, but lost in 2010.”
“Little research has been done on the views of open-carry policies among police officers nationwide or even within states, which each regulate guns differently. But studies by two top police organizations in the past year provide some insight.”
“In Florida and Texas, where open-carry laws were recently debated in the state legislatures, surveys found that a majority of law enforcement leaders opposed them. Open-carry legislation was defeated in Florida but passed in Texas.”
“Dallas’s police chief drew criticism from gun rights advocates for saying open carriers made it more “challenging” for his officers to respond to a shooter who killed five policemen at a demonstration this month.”
“In Florida, open-carry advocates will almost certainly try to legalize it again next session, said Bob Gualtieri, chair of the legislative committee of the Florida Sheriffs’ Association, which represents the state’s 67 sheriffs. The association took a vote on the issue this year and found three quarters of the 62 responding sheriffs opposed open carry.”
It’s a new day and a new insight with a new commitment to protect the Police Officers and the American people of this nation. It’s not only changing the laws to openly carry a gun or rifle or an AK-47, it’s about passing and implementing gun control laws for sales and access. As long as we debate about open carrying gun control laws it’s a merry go round, going round and round in circles. We have a commitment to our children and our children’s children to make it a safer America. To stop the killings of Black American men. To stop the killings of Police Officers. To stop the soft target killings by mentally deranged killers.
©Natalie Keshing, Editor-in-Chief of NatsWritings.com or NatalieKeshing.com
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