Our view: Hellbent lawmakers are doing ‘something’ about gun violence – making it worse

Our view: Hellbent lawmakers are doing 'something' about gun violence – making it worse

“There is a big difference between being anti-gun and wanting reasonable gun laws,” editorial board The Dispatch Editorial Board We live in a world of rules. You need a license to drive a car, to hunt a deer and to take fish from Ohio’s waters. The FCC licenses TV and radio stations, and peaceful protests and demonstrations often require permits. If Ohio Republican lawmakers have their way — and chances are good that they will — no license will be required to carry a concealed gun. A week before Christmas, and as the homicide rate from gun violence soared in Ohio cities, the Republican-lead Senate voted to remove almost all requirements for carrying a concealed weapon. More: Opinion: Passage of gun bills misses the mark when it comes to Ohio’s priorities The maleficence came just weeks after the House passed a similar bill and just days before schools here and across the nation notified parents about a TikTok challenge threatening schools with gun violence. House members will battle it out with senators over which version goes to the governor to sign or reject one. We urge Gov. Mike DeWine to veto whichever version comes to his desk and send a message that he intends to do something to curb gun violence — a pledge he made following the 2019 Dayton mass shooting that saw nine people mowed down by bullets within minutes. The bills come as gun violence increases. Ohio’s homicide rate grew 38% between 2019 and 2020, according […]

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