photo courtesy of Brady Campaign
The Grand Old Party, otherwise known as the Republican Party, has staunchly supported Second Amendment rights, even in the wake of mass shootings in elementary schools, universities, movie theaters, churches, and places of business. The National Rifle Association and other conservative groups refuse to even consider any common sense measures to curtail the sale of semi-automatic weapons. Yet, that very same party has called for a temporary ban on open-carry gun laws in Ohio during the Republican National Convention out of fear of gun violence in Cleveland. Their fears are well-founded, given the ambush killings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge this past week. These murders are travesties, to be sure, but the murders of kindergarteners and church goers are tragic as well, so why won’t they consider a ban or a revision to the liberal gun ownership rules in order to save the lives of ordinary Americans? Isn’t it ironic or hypocritical?