Amid bloody Spring, House Dems renew gun laws push

Amid bloody Spring, House Dems renew gun laws push

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The following article was originally published in the Ohio Capital Journal and published on News5Cleveland.com under a content-sharing agreement. Ohio House Democrats renewed efforts Monday to pass what they described as common-sense gun laws, characterizing Republicans as in the pocket of the gun lobby and deaf to public hunger for solutions. In a press conference, they talked up several proposals to curb gun violence amid a bloody start to 2021. At least 218 Ohioans have died from gun violence and another 439 have been injured thus far, according to a count from the Gun Violence Archive , which tracks reports of shootings, suicides, and more. That includes four mass shootings (at least four people shot not including the gunman) this year alone. They left one person dead and five injured in Columbus on April 17; four shot in Dayton on April 7 ; seven people shot in Cleveland on March 28; and three people dead and three more shot in Cincinnati on Feb. 28. All those followed perhaps the most palpable incident Aug. 4, 2019 when a man killed nine people and injured 27 more in a massacre through a vibrant Dayton bar district. “In the 20 months since the Dayton shooting, Republicans have not done a single thing to reduce gun violence in Ohio,” said House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, D-Akron. “Not one single thing.” Democrats outlined a few different ideas they say would curb gun violence including: Removing a loophole that allows gun sellers […]

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