Our country is in the grip of a gruesome epidemic of gun violence which kills close to 100 people and wounds almost 300 more every day. It's been only a little over a month ago since 49 people were gunned down in Orlando and within the past week-and-a-half five police officers have been murdered with guns. Americans are on edge and live in fear of being shot in a public place by a psychopath with an assault rifle.
And yet when gun-lovers and militant groups vowed that they'd show up in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention toting their hand guns, rifles, and assault weapons to exercise their rights under the Second Amendment and Ohio's open carry law, Ohio Governor John Kasich refused the pleas of law enforcement officials to give an executive order, declare a state of emergency, do something to ban guns within the Event Zone surrounding the Convention site.
However, for the safety of the public, toy guns are forbidden in the Event Zone, as are light bulbs , tennis balls, canned goods, back packs, pieces of lumber, and a few other random items.
Maybe it is possible. Maybe nobody will shoot after all.
A couple of years ago when American Ebola fighters returned home from Africa after risking their lives to stop a deadly plague they were ordered by law enforcement officials to stay away from public places even though they carried no danger to their fellow citizens.
But carriers of guns, who've been killing Americans at an epidemic rate, are free to congregate and roam in a crowd that could that could turn volatile in a heartbeat.
It doesn't take a psychic to predict that there will be another mass shooting in this country, and soon. Let's just pray it doesn't take place in Cleveland between now and Friday.