The Dayton Daily News asked the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor on the May 3 primary ballot where they stand on five major issues — including guns. The Republican candidates are incumbent Gov. Mike DeWine, Joe Blystone, Ron Hood and Jim Renacci. The Democratic candidates are John Cranley and Nan Whaley. Look for their answers on a different issue every day through Friday, followed on the weekend by profiles of Republican candidates. Profiles of the Democratic candidates were published April 10. Below are their responses, edited for length and clarity. Question: What would you do to deal with gun violence in Ohio? Joe Blystone: “Suicides made up 54% of firearm deaths in 2020. Twenty-two a day of America’s finest, our veterans, make up some of that horrible number. If we want to talk about problems that need addressed, I’d love to start there. “But the principles that guide my policy on gun violence are simple. No. 1, legal gun owners are not the problem. There are an estimated 400-plus million guns in the United States and 8.1 billion rounds of ammunition produced annually. If legal gun owners were the problem, we’d know it. Get trained, get comfortable, and get a gun. “No. 2, illegal possession or use of a firearm will be met with swift and severe justice. If someone uses a gun illegally, in the commission of a crime or to harm another person, they will be arrested, tried and will pay a steep price. We will […]
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