‘This is nothing more than self-serving on the governor’s part…’
(John Wynne, Liberty Headlines) During his time in office, Governor John Kasich of Ohio has compiled a relatively gun-friendly record, signing every major gun law expansion that crossed his desk.
But since the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting and the subsequent massive organized left-wing push for stricter gun control measures, the Midwestern Republican has shown a change of heart, and is now calling for “common sense” reforms, reports WOSU Public Media.
“I’m sort of sick and tired of talking about Republicans and Democrats and liberals and conservatives,” Kasich said in a news conference, flanked by the father of a Parkland shooting victim. “I’m interested in people who are objective and can be rational as they make decisions about this or any other issue.”
The Toledo Blade reported that Kasich hopes Ohio will “blaze the trail” for other red states in passing “meaningful gun legislation.”
Among the proposals that have received Kasich’s support: banning sales of armor-piercing ammunition; banning third-party “straw” sales where people acquire guns illegally; and most controversially, a “red-flag” proposal which would result in law enforcement taking the guns of people deemed a danger.
The “red flag” bill is already facing opposition from gun rights groups, reports WOSU.
“The idea that you can have a hearing where someone is not present to confront their own accuser and yet can lose a constitutionally enumerated right is simply unacceptable,” said Doug Deeken, coordinator for Ohioans for Concealed Carry.
Deeken isn’t impressed by the governor’s latest gambit.
“This is nothing more than self-serving on the governor’s part,” he said. “It’s all about his own political ambitions. It has nothing to do with legislation, good, bad, or indifferent here in Ohio.”
Despite the governor’s support for gun reforms, Republican legislators don’t seem eager to support more restrictions.
This week, two proposals failed to even make it out of committee.
Kasich, who was in New Hampshire last week to speak at New England College, hasn’t ruled out another presidential run in 2020.