Will Mike DeWine ‘Do Something’? Don’t Count On It
June 1, 2022
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Columbus, OH — Once again, Mike DeWine has a choice to make: Will he ‘do something’ and stand with Ohio teachers and law enforcement officers to veto an extreme bill that would create more armed teachers in the classroom? Or will he once again cave to radical members of the legislature and the gun lobby to put more Ohio students at risk?
House Bill 99, which would cut the training time required for school employees to carry a gun around students, has been opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police and Ohio teachers for the risks it carries to Ohio law enforcement officers and students. The bill has already passed the Ohio House and is likely to pass the Ohio Senate and head to DeWine’s desk. But DeWine, after promising to ‘do something’ after the Dayton mass shooting in 2019 to curb violence, has instead consistently signed bills that put Ohio families and police officers at greater risk for gun violence. And it’s easy to see why, a new Cleveland.com report shows DeWine took the most gun lobby money of any Ohio politician since 2010.
Today, Ohio Democrats are calling on Mike DeWine to grow a spine.
“Mike DeWine has a choice to make in the coming days: stand with Ohio students, teachers and police officers or cave once again to the gun lobby and extremists in the legislature. If DeWine really wanted to ‘do something’ to keep Ohio students safe from gun violence, he would veto this bill,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesperson Matt Keyes.