It’s going to be a hectic Republican National Convention, to say the least.The DNC has budgeted $800,000 towards disrupting the convention, the Marxist super-group Prophets of Rage is going to be playing shows on spontaneous venues around the convention, and that’s hardly all that’s in store.
The New Black Panther Party has plans for the RNC – and it’s hard not to interpret them as a threat. The Telegraph reports:The New Black Panther Party announced on Tuesday that they planned to carry guns at next week’s Republican Party convention, in a sign of the racial tension that is roiling the nation as President Barack Obama spoke in Dallas, to pay tribute to five white police killed by a black gunman.
Formed in Dallas, Texas in 1989, it is not an official successor to the Black Panther Party of the 1960s, but bears the same ideology.
“If it is an open state to carry, we will exercise our Second Amendment rights because there are other groups threatening to be there that are threatening to do harm to us,” said Hashim Nzinga, chairman of the New Black Panther Party.“If that state allows us to bear arms, the Panthers and the others who can legally bear arms will bear arms.”
Ohio, the state which is hosting the Republican convention, permits the open carrying of weapons.
And they won’t be the only ones bearing arms.Another group, Oath Keepers, comprised of current and former members of the military have shown up at other tense events heavily armed and also say they plan to carry weapons into Cleveland.
Cleveland officials have said there will be increased security during the Republican gathering, with resources from city, state and federal authorities. Within the convention area, the Secret Service will set up a smaller perimeter near the conference centre itself, which will have stricter security and prohibit guns.
We can only pray that things don’t escalate. After all, it might be questionable strategy to show up armed at a convention for the party with the most gun owners.[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]