Will Democratic National Committee Give Up ‘Armed Security’ At National Convention?
Lobby Group Creates Petition Calling for a Back Up of Gun Control Claims
Will the Democratic National Committee be willing to test its resolve against gun control and nix armed security at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia?
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today is calling on the DNC to show its commitment to gun control by giving up armed security during the convention to be held July 25-28.
The CCRKBA launched a national petition taking direct aim at Democrats that will assemble at the Wells Fargo Center this summer. The organization believes that the DNC should back up its less-than-favorable stance on firearms by not relying on armed police, the Secret Service, or private security personnel. As it stands, the venue is already a “gun-free zone.”
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb highlights that “Democrats have become known as the party of gun control” and they have “launched and championed” all gun control proposals at the federal level. As Gottlieb sums up, “it’s time for the party to ‘put up or shut up’ about guns. The best way to do that is to forsake armed security during the convention.”
By forsaking armed security at the national convention, Democrats are demonstrating what they are espousing — that gun control means less security in many instances. If the political party enlists armed protection, they are in a sense illustrating “overwhelming hypocrisy.” This is how Gottlieb describes “privileged liberal elitists who have traditionally opposed expanded concealed carry rights for average citizens while they continue to enjoy the protection of armed security.”
Front-runner Hillary Clinton rails against the Second Amendment in some of her policies, but she does not oppose Secret Service protection.
What the elite Democrats could argue
The Democratic party may argue that due to the global enormity of the national convention, it would justify armed security. They could add that by virtue of the fact dangerous terrorists are targeting potential presidential candidates and that the convention is a hotbed of the nation’s focus, it would be exempt from such a proposal.
Granted, a way for the Democratic party to set a powerful example of its own belief system regarding gun control is to reject any, and all, armed security. Given the gravity of the political event, armed security will be needed to face potential terrorists and the threatening detractors of candidates.