Tampa City Council has asked that the right to hold and carry concealed weapons be “suspended” under Florida law. Since that “right” is ‘protected’ under state law and may not be violated at the local level the Democratic Party led Tampa City Council has sought to make this an issue by appealing to the Republican Governor to do it for them. This is a stunt.
WinLiberty already has met this
The RNC WILL embrace this. Part of this embrace is the complete silence on the part of the Ron Paul campaign. They will NOT oppose this.
You can view one bunch of bs here.
The Republican Governor of Florida just issued a stupid assed statement saying he won’t back a violation of gun rights. What he said decries who he is. He Will back his stupid ass down once the Republicans in charge tell him to do so. He’s only awaiting a “ruling” by the Secret Service. That “ruling” by an administrative agency will come before the end of July.
It will come when there is no time left to challenge it in court and when our people are left defenseless on the streets.
This is how rights are stifled. They are setting up a perimeter of 1,000 feet out based on line of sight bullshit which completely abrogates the rule of law.
Long standing federal law has held that protestors MUST be visible to the public. The essence of this law, these protections is clear to us all. We MUST be allowed to know our neighbors. How can we do that if we can’t see them?
This extra legal ruling will determine the perimeter of the events. In short, this ruling is pre-determined and all among the GOP elite and, sadly, yes, Mr. Ron Paul and his campaign welcome it.
They seek to stifle. WinLiberty seeks speech rights.
WinLiberty is covering this and wants everyone to know there will be no marches in Tampa. There simply will be no free speech allowed. They’ve already shut off speech to .7 of one mile, where they will permit speech to an industrial area well off the path of line of sight. NO Ron Paul force is taking them on here, least of all the candidate, whose history is NEVER to take on the feds in anything they wish to do.
So you have these amateurs, these well intentioned people trying to organize marches which will be limited to the one out of the way industrial area sanctioned for a march.
Our Side Already has Lost
It’s going to work like this. The Tampa City Council is distributing the 50 million taxpayer dollars to various city powers. This is a grab bag kind of thing. They are buying influence and that influence includes Republicans at the highest levels of that party. They take these contracts AND they influence proceedings based on this money.
ACLU IS on this
WinLiberty is on this and very enthusiastically can report that the ACLU is on this. That means legal help is available to those wising to march (well, maybe anyway). The ACLU already has filmed the bs public assembly locations announced, doing so just the other day. They’ve filmed the places under the freeway and out of line of sight of anyone attending the convention and this exactly is what must be done preparatory to a legal challenge.
We hope they make such a challenge. Anyone wising to march needs to contact them. IF you are down there and/or expect to be and IF you want to march and/or otherwise protest contact WinLiberty IF you wish to be noticed, if you wish your protest to be seen and heard. We’ll try to help.
The RNC and Tampa Officials Are Lying Here
WinLiberty notes that the line of sight bs the GOP engages in here is directly counter to long held law. THEY are saying it’s about line of sight to the frontage of the convention center when court rulings long have held that protestors must be visible to the public.
See, the way Tampa officials are interpreting the relevant law is exactly opposite. They are saying that it’s about line of sight by the protestors when courts long have held that it’s necessary for the protestors to be visible to the general public.
That is the difference here. Understand that and you understand a free society. Miss it and you don’t get a free society.
THEY are saying hey, we’re going to let the fenced in protestors see the frontage of the convention venue and that’s it, that meets the free speech standard. That’s not it.
The Secret Service has until late July to issue their ‘permits’ for the perimeter of the venue. At that time, here’s what they will do. The Secret Service is highly unlikely to take on concealed carry directly as protection of that right is state law. However, direct action isn’t necessary. Who will challenge the Secret Service who is there to protect us? No one. Hence, the Secret Service, by their late July recommendations will ban concealed carry for a minimum of 1,000 feet from the convention frontage.
This, effectively, will tell you that any demonstrator group planning to “disrupt” the proceedings may be stopped and searched and stop and search they will.
WinLiberty has more to say about this and we will say it.
It’s a developing story.