Open-Carry Concerns at the Republican National Convention

July 19, 2016 - John Fetterman 07/19/2016 Views: 1,256

Cleveland police unsuccessfully urge Ohio Governor John Kasich to temporarily restrict the state's open-carry gun law during the Republican National Convention. (4:04)

Okay. So...

obviously, a lot happenedat the RNC last night,

but, for me, I guess the thingthat bugged me the most

about this event didn't evenhappen on the convention floor.

The head of one of Cleveland'slargest police unions

called in Governor Kasichto temporarily restrict

the state's open carry gun laws

during this week'sRepublican National Convention.

Okay, now,because of recent incidents

of violence against police,the city expects major protests.

But becauseof Ohio's open carry laws,

some of the police are nervousthat this could cause a problem.

Well, you know, it's gonnadivert resources that we have.

Um, people that are strapped upwith an AR-15

are gonna have a lot of policeofficers looking at them.

Yes.

Police rep and Hulk Hogan-JesseVentura love child

Steve Loomis is right.

Yes.

That is correct.

Police will watch someonecarrying an AR-15.

That makes sense.Same way I look at anyone

who squeezes peaches more thantwice at the grocery store.

Right? Why you gotto keep squeezing those peaches,

creepy peach freak?I don't get it, all right?

Now, but Loomis-- this is true--he even gave, like,

a weirdly specific example.

My grandmother could come inhere with an AR-15 on her back,

and there's gonna besix police officers

that are gonna be watching her,um,

when they should be watchingfor other things.

Okay, hold on, you still haveyour grandmother?

What, is she, like, 130?

Man, hey, if she wants to carryan AR-15, I say God bless her.

Let me tell you something,if time hasn't killed her yet,

I wouldn't worryabout an assault rifle, okay?

I'm sorry.

It's just a joke!It's just a joke!

I'm sure she's very nice.Okay, okay,

so what exactly do you propose?

Get rid of these open carries.

Yes! Yes!

Thank you!

Thank you! That is a good idea!

Get rid of these open carries.

Get ridof these open carries

just for a three-day periodof time.

Come back August 1 with 1,000people with open carries,

and we'll welcome youwith open arms.

-No!-(laughter)

-Close your arms.-(laughter)

I was agreeing with you!

Apparently,I was agreeing with you

more than you were agreeingwith you.

Okay, so here's what'scompletely insane about this.

They're concerned that peoplecarrying around guns--

particularly assault rifles--

might not be a good idearight now,

but in three days,it'll be cool.

(laughter)

All right. Well, what didthe governor say about this?

MAN: The governor's office has responded and said

they can't suspend that law unilaterally. It's a law.

-Yes, it's (bleep) law!-(laughter)

Yes! You don't get to choose

when you feel likeabiding by that law.

That's the whole dealwith the laws.

You know, "Hello, governor.

"Yeah, I needto shoplift next week.

Um, could we just suspendthat law just for a while?"

But that's why

you shouldn't have passedthat law in the first place.

(applause and cheering)

You know? Look.

Look, guys,

I respect the police.

I want them to be as safeas possible,

and I agree with them

that openly carrying firearmscan foster fear and violence.

I just think it can foster fearand violence 52 weeks a year,

particularly...particularly in the same city

where 12-year-old Tamir Ricewas shot by police

for open carrying a toy gun.

(applause and cheering)

Now...

so the theme...

the theme last nightwas "Make America Safe Again."

But as long as anyone can carryan AR-15 down the street,

and the police have no idea

who they're supposedto be watching out for,

I don't thinkanybody in Cleveland

should feel particularly safe.

-We'll be right back.-(applause and cheering)