This is applying pressure to the Republicans who are pro-gun rights and presidential contenders to walk the walk as it pertains to guns.
Launched only last week, the petition has over 42,000 signatures, as of early Monday morning. That puts it very close to its goal of just 50,000.
On Sunday, Donald Trump the leading presidential contender for the Republicans was asked a question about the petition. However, he said he could not offer an opinion until he could read the petition’s fine print.
Trump said he needed to see what it said but that he was a very, very big supporter of 2nd Amendment rights. He even said he felt few people were stronger about it than he was.
Trump’s non-answer underscores the difficulties the petition poses for the Republicans. This petition calls on each GOP presidential contender, the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus its chairman, the National Rifle Association, Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena and John Kasich the Ohio Governor to do all they can so that attendees at the convention can openly carry a firearm.
The arena bans firearms currently as well as other weapons in accordance with the concealed carry law in Ohio, says its website.
The author of the petition said that without being able to protect themselves attendees at the arena will become sitting ducks and completely helpless against any evil-doers, criminals or others, who want to threaten the way of life for Americans, argues the author of the petition.
Some people have speculated that the dramatic language in the petition makes is seem more like a ruse to put the GOP in a difficult political situation.
Regardless, it puts officials in the GOP and the candidates in awkward positions of having to tolerate the policies they are often times criticizing.
The Republicans support the conceal and carry laws, therefore how can they not push for it to be approved at their own national convention.
The week old petition has exceeded its first goal of having 5,000 signatures by Thursday night. Then it passed 25,000 on Saturday and 40,000 on Sunday night.