After Dayton, Ohio shooting Republican lawmaker comes out in favor of gun control legislation.

By |2019-08-07T07:49:52-08:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments


Courtesy of NPR:

GOP Rep. Mike Turner, who represents Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman used an assault-style weapon to kill nine people and injure at least 27, announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he now backs proposals to enact new limits on firearms.

“I will support legislation that prevents the sale of military-style weapons to civilians, a magazine limit, and red-flag legislation,” he said. “The carnage these military-style weapons are able to produce when available to the wrong people is intolerable.”

He added that he also backs so-called red-flag bills that make it so that it’s easier to identify people who could harm others. “Too often after mass shootings,” he said, “we hear there were early warning signs that were ignored.”

Turner’s statement is stunning, considering the National Rifle Association endorsed him ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

This is welcome news.

However part of the reason that Turner had a change of heart was because of this:

This reminds me of when Republicans suddenly start supporting the LGBTQ community after one of their children comes out as gay. 

But the thing is that we cannot wait for every Republican’s child to barely escape injury before voting to outlaw assault weapons and expanding background checks. 

Perhaps they should be told that doing so now might save them from ever receiving a phone call telling them that a loved one has been killed or wounded in yet another mass shooting that they could have prevented. 

Just a thought.

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8 Comments

  1. Whatevs August 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    This is a very low-risk move fro Turner. Since he is in the US House – which has already passed a bill that is being obstructed by McConnell to get to the Senate floor, it likely won’t become law pleasing his (R) suburban and ruralish backers and he can claim he “tried” pleasing the (D) more urban dwellers. Unless he really goes to the mat for this – meh! Hoping I am wrong in my cynicism.

    Sen. Portman is the key to getting it passed in the Senate and he’s been less than a strong supporter: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/06/rob-portman-ohio-shooting-red-flag-laws-1449066

  2. Beaglemom August 7, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Well, let’s see if he still means that he’ll support serious gun control next week. It won’d be long before the GOP leadership and the NRA contact him.

    • Anonymous August 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm

      Agree with you Beaglemom. Not impressed with Turner at all. He is shook now, only because of his daughter. Next week he’ll be back to being the same uncaring GOPer he was before the shooting happened.

  3. Nancy Wickman August 7, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    This is typical GOP. The big difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans don’t care until it happens to them, and Democrats say “that shouldn’t happen to anybody”.

  4. Anonymously August 7, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Donald Trump’s visit to comfort Dayton mass-shooting victims turns into ugly public spat with Democratic senator and mayor as he calls their press conference a ‘fraud’ and accuses them of ignoring ‘rock star’ reception at hospital treating the wounded

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7332199/Donald-Trump-vents-Twitter-Fake-News-ignoring-left-wing-leanings-Dayton-mass-shooter.html

  5. puck August 7, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    it’s a start. i hope.

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