This last element is surprising, considering the conservative philosophy on guns. This thinking holds that the public is actually safer if everyone is allowed to carry guns because armed, law-abiding citizens would dissuade criminals from committing violence. Yet in conservative events across the country, from the Americans For Prosperity (AFP) convention in Milwaukee last weekend to Allen West town halls in south Florida, attendees are instructed to leave their weapons at home.
One AFP official explained to ThinkProgress the thinking behind the weapons ban:
My guess is we wanted to keep it safe.
Indeed, as this comment suggests, there must be room in the debate over guns to implement commonsense regulations for public safety.
The question remains though. If conservatives really do believe that guns keep us safe, then why are they consistently banning them from conservative events?