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Facebook reaction

After the announcement earlier this week that the Indiana Republican Party’s annual convention in Fort Wayne would be gun-free, the Grand Wayne Convention Center clarified on Wednesday that the event will be gun-friendly after all. Here is how our readers on Facebook responded to the change. If you would like to see your comments in this space, “like” The Journal Gazette’s Facebook page and comment on a story.

Tom Pitzen: How convenient.

Joe Renner: They should respect the Second Amendment year round, not just for certain political parties.

Paul Griner: Is this a bad precedent? What happens when another radical group holds a convention at The Grand Wayne?

Joe Silva: There is a tea party member whose head is exploding right now.

John S. Dellinger: I was wondering how the conventioneers would be able show their enthusiasm without firing guns into the air. Good for them!