Governor Mike DeWine did what he probably thought he had to do. After all, in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting, he probably figured he needed to float some kind of gun control package just to keep the wolves at bay. Gun control was pretty popular at the moment.
I didn’t think he actually drank the Kool Aid.
It seems, though, I was wrong. Not only did DeWine introduce a gun control bill, but now he’s pushing for the legislature to pass it, despite support for gun control being weaker than it was just a few months ago.
On Tuesday, DeWine called again for the Ohio General Assembly to pass measures that he believes will help stop the rash of gun-related deaths across the state.
According to DeWine, in a six day period between September 1 and Labor Day, there were 40 people shot in the state of Ohio. 21 of them died. That number includes Cleveland police detective James Skernivitz and his informant Scott Dingess, who were fatally shot on Thursday night as they sat in Skernivitz’s unmarked police car in the area of West 65th Street and Storer Avenue. Three teens have been charged in the shooting.
In response to the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, DeWine introduced his ‘STRONG Ohio’ proposals, which would increase and improve background checks and ensure people don’t have firearms if a court has deemed them to be a danger. The legislation also would increase penalties for anyone who provides a gun to someone who is legally prohibited from having one, and require that certain types of protection orders and arrest warrants be reflected in state and federal law enforcement databases to ensure more accurate background checks.
And yet, there’s zero evidence that any of those measures who have stopped a single one of those 40 people from being shot. Not a one.
See, most of those shootings were carried about by criminals, people who couldn’t pass a background check as they currently stand. As such, they used illegal means to obtain their firearms in the first place. None of this would have been changed by the passage of any of these measures.
And I’m really sick of the idea that people the courts have deemed a danger can still get guns. That’s already illegal…but only if the court has actually ruled them as such. However, the laws on the books actually require the court to make an educated ruling, not the red flag nonsense where someone says it so the judge just takes their word for it.
Honestly, there’s nothing in the STRONG Ohio bill that would make any kind of an impact. DeWine just wants to virtue signal. He wants to shift any blame for these shootings onto the legislature.
Yet, the laws haven’t changed from a year ago when this violence just wasn’t happening. You’d think that would be enough to make folks sit up and recognize that there’s more to violence than access to weapons, but nope.
That apparently included DeWine from what we can see.
Frankly, I’m glad the bill hasn’t passed. I hope it dies the ignoble death it so richly deserves.