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After a month of horrible headlines — from the Islamist-inspired massacres in Orlando, France, and Germany, to a pair of (very different) shootings by police, to the assassinations of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge — it’s worth taking a moment to point out that the one incident the Left predicted didn’t actually happen. That is, despite Ohio’s open carry laws, handwringing op-eds from the usual suspects, and calls for Governor John Kasich to suspend the 2nd Amendment (he didn’t), and the hot tempers that often accompany Donald Trump, there wasn’t a single shooting around the GOP convention; from that perspective, the whole thing was a total disappointment. From an excellent piece in USA Today:
The city’s police union also pushed for a gun ban. Ohio Gov. John Kasich “could very easily do some kind of executive order or something — I don’t care if it’s constitutional at this point,” said Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association. “I want him to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this (Republican National Convention) is over.”
Kasich resisted efforts to get him to abrogate the Constitution. “Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested,” he explained.
Major news organizations across the country cautioned that the sky was falling because of legal gun carriers, with many editorials illogically tying law-abiding citizens to future mass murder.
“The people vowing to swagger with their guns in Cleveland will, in a literal sense, be law-abiding,” editorialized The New York Times. “But their self-indulgence, backed by timorous politicians, can only make it easier for the next killer to obtain a military-style weapon in what amounts to an open market for mass mayhem.”
All the panicked warnings amounted to a big misfire. Chief Williams later admitted that open-carry wasn’t a problem, noting that “nobody’s been arrested or has challenged the things we asked them to do.” Part of the explanation for the surprise passivity is that media hysterics focused more on those law-abiding folks wanting to protect themselves instead of on real threats.
I’ve mixed feelings on open-carry. Done properly, it can normalize people to handguns and add convenience; done improperly, it can (rightly) confirm the hoplophobics’ worst fears and you can easily end-up like this fellow if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But the next time the Democrats play Chicken Little on guns, we might remind them of this.Published in