RNC Convention: No Masks or Rope, Bring On the Guns

Abby Zimet

Banned in Tampa

Go Figure Dept: Hoping to fend off wild-eyed anarchists and other unruly types, Tampa officials prepping for this summer's Republican convention want to set up a "clean zone" where protesters will be forbidden to wield water or air pistols, plastic or metal pipe, or wood longer than a ruler - but guns, thanks to Florida's loopy laws, are fine by them. The dichotomy, note gun control advocates, is not just dumb, but counter-intuitive.

"I don't think many of the people at that end of the spectrum carry guns anyway. This is a Republican thing." -  gun-control advocate Arthur Hayhoe.

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