Tuesday’s Page 1A article about gun-free venues for the GOP convention in June generated a lot of conversation on The Journal Gazette’s Facebook page.
Here is what our readers had to say about how gun bans at Parkview Field, Grand Wayne Center and Embassy Theatre could cast a shadow over a GOP event that was supposed to be a celebration of Fort Wayne.
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Bob Hunter: And why is it so important that people be able to carry guns to a convention? Are we back in the wild west?
Teresa Hanson Sutton: Much to ado about nothing – these are their policies. Find some real news to report maybe something POSITIVE about how we as a CITY can make this the best convention they have had in years , but we have to all do this together, no matter what your party affiliation.
David Kulp: I’m all for gun rights, but I know games there have cops with guns, so I don’t feel a citizen needs a gun within that private property zone.
Charlotte A. Weybright: Mass shootings almost always occur with weapons other than handguns – they are carried out with weapons such as assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns with high-capacity magazines. Good for Parkview Field and the other businesses that are finally standing up to the gun fanatics who think that guns must be carried everywhere. Second Amendment rights have fluctuated over the decades, and simply having a right does not make it absolute. I am tired of the Second Amendment people thinking the right to bear arms is absolute – above all other rights. What a bunch of crap.
L.l. Steele: Maybe they carry for personal protection in the Fort Wayne area which with the proper permit and personal responsibility is their right. However I do think that the private property owner has the right of refusing entry.