gun violence

History Thursday: When DeWine tried to hold the gun industry accountable

BY: - February 24, 2022

Before mass shootings in America became a semi-regular occurrence, the Republican Senator from Ohio took to the floor in a plea to hold those who make and sell guns accountable. The U.S. Senate was on the precipice of passing the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” (PLCAA) in 2005, which created a powerful legal […]

Ohio makes it easier to get firearms despite rise in gun violence

BY: - February 22, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Gun violence has been steadily increasing in the City of Cleveland […]

Biden says answer to gun violence ‘is not to defund the police’

BY: - February 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland traveled Thursday to New York City, where the lives of two police officers were claimed in recent shootings, as the administration unveiled a new initiative to combat gun violence. A senior administration official told reporters that the White House is focusing on ghost guns, which are homemade […]

Upton says background checks and anonymous reporting can curb gun violence after Oxford

BY: - December 21, 2021

The day before 17 people died in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) was visiting Portage Central High School while it held a live shooter drill. “That never happened when I was a student,” Upton said during a phone interview with the Michigan Advance. “It was pretty scary […]

COMMENTARY

Bullying ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ political minority has no right to tread on the rights of others

BY: - December 21, 2021

Don’t tread on me. Leave my liberty, my choice, my freedom to do whatever I damn well please alone. But I can tread on you. No vax for me means I can infect you. Zero gun control for me makes you unsafe in a country where mass shootings are routine.  My belief about abortion cancels […]

COMMENTARY

Some politicians deliberately sacrifice public health and safety for personal greed

BY: - December 14, 2021

Whether driven to hang on to power, have access to money, or intoxicated by fame — when politicians say and do things that hurt and harm the people for their personal gain, it is greed of the most grievous kind. Greed? Yes, greed. Greed has many faces and is manifested in many ways. Whatever form of greed […]

No permit, no problem: More states allow residents to carry a hidden gun

BY: - December 7, 2021

By Matt Vasilogambros, Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts Six more states no longer require residents to hold a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, Texas and Utah this year enacted what gun rights advocates often refer to as “constitutional carry” measures. A legislative priority for groups such as […]

COMMENTARY

Why are medieval weapons laws at the center of a US Supreme Court case?

BY: - November 18, 2021

By Jennifer Tucker, Wesleyan University In the opening scene of “The Last Duel,” the new film set in 14th-century France, a herald announces the rules for conduct at a tournament to the death. He declares that no members of the public – whatever their social background – are allowed to bring weapons to the event. […]

NAACP, Democrats file lawsuit over new “stand your ground” law

BY: - September 10, 2021

Two Democratic lawmakers and the NAACP filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn a recently passed “stand your ground” law, which removes Ohioans’ legal duty to try to retreat before responding to a perceived attack with deadly force. The legislation passed in the dying hours of the previous General Assembly often known as the “lame […]

Law enforcement officials urge action against rising numbers of ‘ghost guns’

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — An exponential increase in so-called “ghost guns” has put extra burdens on law enforcement, officials said during a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday. President Joe Biden has promised a crackdown the firearms, which are easily assembled from kits and not subject to federal gun laws. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison testified that his department […]

U.S. gun violence an ‘international embarrassment,’ Biden says in rolling out executive action

BY: - April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call on Congress to pass stalled gun legislation reform but also outlined executive action he’s taking on several gun control measures, following deadly mass shootings last month in Colorado and Georgia. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said […]

House passes ‘stand your ground’ expanding right to shoot to kill in self-defense

BY: - December 18, 2020

The Ohio House passed legislation late Thursday evening that removes a legal requirement that people try to retreat from a confrontation before shooting to kill in perceived self-defense. The legislation, commonly referred to as “stand your ground,” passed in a 52-31 vote around 11:30 p.m. If passed into law, it rescinds what’s known as the […]