Editorial: Gun-control progress, tardy and tentative, nonetheless welcome

Editorial: Gun-control progress, tardy and tentative, nonetheless welcome

Gun Rights

Southern Kitchen Demonstrators call for stricter gun control measures at a protest Aug. 7 during the visit of President Donald Trump to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after a mass shooting that occurred in city’s Oregon District on Aug. 4. [John Minchillo/The Associated Press] Hide caption It should not have required back-to-back mass shootings leaving 36 people dead and dozens more badly hurt over the course of a weekend. But if the horror of El Paso and Dayton at long last opens the door to some reasonable gun control in Ohio, that progress will be welcome nonetheless. Several developments in recent days leave us hopeful. First was the spontaneous expression of popular will by people in Dayton listening to Gov. Mike DeWine’s address following the Aug. 4 shootings. The shouts of “Do something!” interrupted his speech and apparently were effective; two days later, when he proposed a red-flag law and near-universal background checks, he said the people who had shouted “were absolutely right. We should do something.” On Thursday, Republican state Sen. Peggy Lehner of the Dayton suburb of Kettering announced that she intends to sign on as a sponsor of Senate Bill 19, a red-flag measure introduced in February by Democrat Sandra Williams of Cleveland. Could the gun lobby’s iron grip on gun law in Ohio be slipping? Next came a Friday interview with Senate President Larry Obhof in which the Medina Republican, who enjoys a 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association, said a hypothetical red-flag […]

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