If the big story out of the state GOP convention was Jeff Fitzgerald’s first-place finish in the endorsement vote for U.S. Senate, there was another small story that I think captured the spirit of the Republican Party base.

One of the tea party activists I talked to at the convention, Annette Olson from St. Croix County, was disappointed with the Party.

Despite being a big fan of Gov. Scott Walker and enthusiastic about at least three of the candidates for U.S. Senate, Olson believed the party was betraying its principles by holding its convention at ShopKo Hall in Green Bay, where concealed firearms are not allowed.

“We just want the party to follow its principles,” said Olson, who is an active National Rifle Association member.

Thus, of the many non-binding resolutions that were adopted by the GOP faithful that day, one was an Olson-sponsored motion urging the party to hold future conventions on properties that respect guests’ Second Amendment rights.

The resolution passed, but narrowly.

The same spirit led Florida Gov. Rick Scott to recently rebuke a request from the city of Tampa, which will be hosting this year’s Republican National Convention, to ban the carrying of firearms in the downtown area during the convention.

  • Jack Craver is the Capital Times political reporter, focusing on elections, candidates and campaign finance.

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What a stupid story,no one in their right mind would think of going to a convention carrying a wepon. That would be like carrying at a Packer Game.

Misha K
Misha K

Monte, people on this board don't need to claim that not exercising their second amendment rights is the slippery slope to tryarnny- the founding fathers did! Just about every single one of them expresses most eloquently and vigorously the need for each person to viciously guard their right to keep and bear arms. Having just thrown off the oppression of England, they understood the importance of this liberty. And your last comment about you feeling threatened by people who don't put enough trust in our law enforcement- the men who created the strongest, most free, and prosperous country this world has ever seen would have held you in utter disdain for that comment; regarding you as unworthy of your own freedom if you take such a shallow and passive role in your own liberty and safety.

What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. -Thomas Jefferson

To disarm the people, that is the best and most effective way to enslave them. - George Mason

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword because the whole body of people are armed and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States..." - Noah Webster

There are quite literally THOUSANDS of quotes by the Founding Fathers of this country on the importance of our Second Amendment rights and how they insure our liberty. Learn history. Study the history of tyrannical governments and how each one employed the disarming of its citizens. Your ignorance is a danger to yourself and this country.


I was at the rally in Madison last March with Palin and Breitbart. Sure you can look back on it and say that no one was killed. However, tensions were running so high that I was indeed scared. We didn't have conceal carry then but I'm glad we have it now. The police can't be everywhere, like monte insinuates. I'm a huge fan of the men in blue but the chances of someone trying to commit a crime with a policeman standing right next to me are slim. That's why having the "good guys" armed and trained is a communities' best protection. Why make someone, who carries for the unforeseen protection it would serve, strip their gun at the door when we all know that a criminal is NOT going to do us the same courtesy!


So let me get this straight. You claim that not exercising second amendment rights is a slippery slope to tyranny, yet you attended and participated in the convention of a political party that is taking the lead of restricting the rights of groups that they don't care for? Sounds quite logical. And "violent protests" from the left? I don't remember any mass casualties from any "raging leftist horde". If anything, I feel more threatened people like you not placing enough trust in our law enforcement.