Ohio Governor is making headlines for “breaking with the GOP on gun control.” Not so fast, Governor.
Until Friday, February 16, two days after the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, his wepage proudly proclaimed:
Gov. John R. Kasich continues to be a strong supporter of the right to bear arms and, as governor, has signed every pro-2nd amendment bill that has crossed his desk to defend this basic, constitutional right. John Kasich is a gun-owner himself, and in his 2014 reelection was endorsed by the National Rifle Association for his support of the Second Amendment as an inviolate part of our Constitution.
Today he updated his webpage, johnkasich.com. His new version says:
John Kasich supports the Second Amendment and has signed multiple bills to protect gun rights. As a pragmatic conservative Governor Kasich also recognizes the need for common-sense solutions to our nation’s problems. In recent years, our country has been devastated by a dramatic increase in school shootings and mass killings – many with the use of semi-automatic weapons. Governor Kasich believes that we should not be afraid to learn from these tragedies and take appropriate action.
So which is it, Governor? You can’t have it both ways.
Up until now you have blessed the state of Ohio with the following, among other pro-gun legislation:
SB 199: expanded the right to carry to daycare centers, non-secure parts of airports, and onto school grounds in vehicles (12/2016)
HB64: closed Concealed Carry records to the media (7/2015)
HB234: expanded use of silencers and concealed handgun rights (12/2014)
SB17: expanded concealed carry into bars and reduced restrictions on carrying guns in cars (6/2011)
Governor Kasich, you consider yourself a Christian. I’m sure you are familiar with Luke 6:24:
How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Perhaps, before you call out the US Congress on their lack of response to mass shootings, you should take a look at your own state.
Perhaps you should stop using a rubber stamp to approve all of the gun legislation passed by the Ohio legislature, like these currently being considered (the endorsements are from the Buckeye Firearms Association).
Really, Governor Kasich? Under the circumstances, in the light of school shootings, you would oppose storing firearms to prevent access by minors?
Governor, I am glad you have seen the light. Please take action in Ohio–where you have the ability to do so–besides calling on others to do so where you do not have the ability to affect the outcome.
“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”