- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A self-described liberal Democrat who supports Hillary Clinton for president is behind a popular petition demanding the right to bring guns to the Republican National Convention in July, CBS News has found.

The U.S. Secret Service responded to the petition Monday, saying attendees will not be allowed to carry firearms during the event at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. More than 50,000 people have signed the petition, which calls the gun ban “a direct affront to the Second Amendment” that “puts all attendees at risk.”

The petition was created by someone operating under the handle “Hyperationalist.” CBS News was able to track down the man behind the handle, who would only give the name Jim.

“Jim wouldn’t say where he lives, only that he has roots in Philadelphia and works in the public health sector,” CBS News reported.

He is a self-described liberal Democrat who intends to vote for Mrs. Clinton should she win her party’s nomination. He also did some volunteer work on President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, the report said.

Jim said he is “pretty passionate” about his gun control activism and that he wrote the petition “knowing it was somewhat preposterous.”

“There were never going to be guns at the convention. Not a million signatures were going to make that happen,” Jim told CBS News.

He said he also sought to challenge Republican candidates on how pro-Second Amendment they really are: “If they can’t live in accordance with the policies they impose upon us, they owe us that rational conversation,” Jim said.

“I thought, ‘How do we square how unsafe they’re going to be with what they say makes them safe?”’ he said.

But he denied that his petition is satirical.

“I’m 100 percent sincere in my conviction that guns should be allowed at the GOP convention. [It would be a reflection of] the policies they sought to impose around the nation,” he told CBS News.

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