COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statements in response to Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to surrender on his plan to introduce a strong “red flag” and universal background checks.
From Chairman David Pepper:
“For months Ohioans have been calling on Mike DeWine to ‘do something’ about the epidemic of gun violence that has taken so many lives. They were not asking him to do whatever watered-down half-measure that special-interest lobbyists would pre-approve because nothing really changes. They were asking for real, substantive reforms to save lives. Mike DeWine looked gun safety advocates in the eye and promised them he would support universal background checks and a real ‘red flag’ law. But while bipartisan legislation is sitting in the Senate that accomplishes these very things, DeWine’s plan does neither. It’s sad that after four decades in public office, Mike DeWine still can’t find the courage to protect the people of our state.”
From Congresswoman Joyce Beatty:
“At this moment when so many Republican politicians in Washington and Columbus refuse to act, our children are watching. They are watching — and they are unimpressed by the tired excuses that Mike DeWine and Mitch McConnell keep offering. When 90 percent of Ohioans support universal background checks, that should not be a partisan issue. It should be common sense. I don’t understand why we continue to allow a small minority of extremists and gun industry lobbyists to dictate our policies that put lives in danger.”
On Monday, the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action released a statement pointing out that the proposal DeWine offered this week is “not a Red Flag proposal or anything that even remotely resembles it” and that he has refused to sign onto bipartisan legislation to institute universal background checks.
The gun safety organization founded by Gabrielle Giffords criticized DeWine’s proposal as falling “short of meaningful solutions that will stop gun violence.”
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence called out DeWine’s proposal as a “bait and switch.”