It is quite possible.
As you know, Florida has gun laws that not only allow, but perhaps encourage, gun owners to seek out and kill those whom the fear, which to a Republican means those with whom they disagree. (Just ask Michele Bachmann about how to treat those with whom one disagrees.) Republicans are pretty dicey to begin with … thick headed lock-step walking radicals who spend half their time figuring out what to hate, and the other half, hating. Given that most Republicans are gun nuts, and the Republican National Convention is going to be held in Tampa, Florida, where it is OK to track people down and kill them because you don’t like them, the mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn suggested banning the carry of conealed weapons at the Republican National Convention scheduled for this August.
Florida Governor Rick Scott disagrees and will allow the carrying of guns by members of the Republican delegations from around the country.
Normally, it is probably the case that this would not mean much. Most political operatives at the convention will be coming from far away. They are not likely to travel armed to the convention. But now that an issue has been made of it, and we have a standoff coming between protesters and Republicans which would have happened anyway, one has to wonder if there will be a lot of hot headed Tea Baggers packing heat at the convention. And if so, will the Republican delegates to the convention kill anybody?
And if they do, what then? What do we do about it? What will the other remaining Republicans do about it? What will the UN do about it? (If our election system turns violent, wouldn’t it be normal for other countries to intervene?)
One thing I might suggest: Organize large protests at the airports to welcome the Republicans back to their respective states. Organize large protests at the various local and regional headquarters. That sort of thing. (Don’t forget your body armor!)
But, indeed, I am getting ahead of myself. So far no crazy people from the right have gunned anyone down. Well, they have, but they’ve not done it in the specific context of a political event. Well, actually, they’ve done that too. Well, violence against citizens and violation of liberty at these conventions is generally rare … wait, no, actually, it’s damn common.