Senate District 9
Cecil Thomas
Thomas Again Calls for Commonsense Gun Reform in Response to Mass Shootings
May 25, 2022
Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) issued the following statement urging members of the 134th General Assembly to pass commonsense gun laws in response to recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas; Laguna Woods, California and Buffalo, New York:
“In the past two weeks alone, three horrific mass shootings killed 19 children and two teachers in Texas; one Taiwanese-American churchgoer in California and ten Black shoppers in New York. We don’t have to live like this. No other country in the world does.
“We know how to stop these entirely preventable tragedies. We have introduced commonsense proposals that are supported by an overwhelming majority of Ohioans, including universal background checks and red-flag laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. None of them have even received a hearing. 
“I am praying for the families and communities impacted and urge the party that claims to care about the sanctity of life to finally put children before guns.”

Ahead of today's Senate session, Senator Thomas had requested a moment of silence to honor the memory of the victims of the shootings. His request was denied. He then requested the opportunity to speak on the floor about the shooting using a point of personal privilege, but this request was also denied.
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