In a presidential election season that has been fraught by anger and even mild violence at times, sanity has prevailed by the Secret Service: the agency rejected a petition to allow the open carry of firearms at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena when it hosts the Republican National Convention July 18-20.
Ohio's open carry law permits private employers to ban firearms and other types of weapons on their properties, and the Quicken Loans Arena takes advantage of that by banning weapons on the property. A Secret Service agent confirmed to ABC News that only the Secret Service and authorized law enforcement personnel will be permitted to carry.
The Change.org petition, which acquired more than 53,000 signatures as of April 2, was reportedly started by someone aiming to troll the Republican Party by pointing out its advocacy of concealed and open carry laws in public spaces, according to The Atlantic. The petition author reportedly wanted conservatives who read the petition to think about the implications of allowing thousands of individuals with guns onto the convention floor.
The petition argues that banning firearms puts convention attendees at risk:
"This is a direct affront to the Second Amendment and puts all attendees at risk ... By forcing attendees to leave their firearms at home, the RNC and Quicken Loans Arena are putting tens of thousands of people at risk both inside and outside of the convention site."
Of course, this should be seen exactly for what it is: an exaggeration of Republican ideology on firearms taken to its logical extreme. The unresponsiveness of conservatives towards this petition highlights the fact that they do not want a passionate, gun-toting crowd at the Cleveland convention.
Given the high emotions running throughout this campaign on all sides and the violence that has occurred in relation to several of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's rallies, the decision to not allow firearms, and respect the property rights of the arena owner, is undoubtedly the right one.
Especially in the context of Trump implicitly calling for riots should he be denied the nomination, which was highly irresponsible and might be seen as a veiled message to some of his supporters.
But now the Secret Service has put the kibosh on such a possibility, whether Trump likes it or not. It was a good decision, and the right one.