Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) issued the following statement in response to the recent mass shootings in Atlanta, GA, and Boulder, CO, calling on members of the 134th General Assembly to pass commonsense gun laws in Ohio.
“The two mass shootings in our country over the last week have left 18 people dead and disrupted the lives of countless family members and other loved ones. I offer my sincerest condolences to all who were impacted by these tragedies, but words are not enough. What more will it take for Republicans to finally act to prevent other incidents like these from happening in Ohio.
“It’s been 598 days since the tragic shooting in Dayton and 930 days since the shooting in Cincinnati. In each instance, I knew Republicans would go back to business as usual, letting valuable time pass without heeding Ohioans’ calls for lawmakers to ‘do something’ to protect their lives. However, I refuse to allow their inaction to silence the cries of the people.
“My Democratic colleagues and I have introduced legislation that would raise the minimum age for purchasing firearms from 18 to 21, mandate universal background checks, implement the so-called red flag law, ban bump stocks, restore local control and more – commonsense gun reform measures that the majority of Ohioans support. Now, I’m calling on Republicans to join us in supporting these bills. No Ohioan should have to fear for their lives when they shop for groceries, go to school or take a walk.”