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In the gun-control debate, Republicans generally side with pro-Second Amendment causes. But the party has upset some because its upcoming convention will likely be gun-free. In less than a week, over 35,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding that people attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July be allowed to bring their firearms. Some say it's odd that the pro-gun party would hold its convention in an arena that doesn't allow firearms.
Class discussion: Would it be wise to allow guns at a political convention that could be hotly contested? What gun laws have Republican lawmakers passed around the country? Have they favored or opposed restrictions on carrying firearms? Where have new laws ended restrictions on carrying guns on college campuses or in schools, churches, theaters or bars? Is it safer when nearly everyone can carry a gun nearly everywhere? Are Republicans being hypocritical? Is the petition an attempt to embarrass the GOP?
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