The numbers are shocking:
- Every day, 96 Americans are killed with guns.
- Nearly two thirds of gun deaths are suicides.
- Guns are the second leading cause of death for children and teens.
- On average, 50 women in the U.S. are killed by an intimate partner.
- You are 25 times more likely to be killed by a gun in the U.S. than in any other developed nation.
Gun violence is a uniquely American problem. Yet, despite the evidence that more guns in more places has not proven to make us safer, Ohio’s legislators remain fully committed to wanting anyone anywhere to carry a gun.
Two years ago, lawmakers passed a bill in the middle of the night on the last day of the lame duck session that now allows people to conceal carry inside daycares, on college campuses and in certain parts of airports.
This legislative cycle, the statehouse is trying to pass a bill that would allow people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public without a permit or safety training. That same bill would give private citizens more leeway to shoot to kill than the U.S. military gives soldiers in war zones.
The current representative for House District 6 is sponsoring a bill that, if passed, would allow people to bring hidden, loaded handguns onto private property—even if the owner has a “no guns allowed” sign posted. This includes private businesses, schools and churches.
It’s time we stop the madness and return to a common sense approach to gun violence prevention that balances the rights of gun owners while protecting families from the pain and loss of gun violence.
If elected, Phil will:
- Work to close background check loopholes that allows minors, felons and domestic abusers to have easy access to guns.
- Support extreme risk protection orders, sometimes called “red flag laws” which empower family and law enforcement to petition for the temporary removal of firearms for people who may be a threat to themselves or others. At least three red flag bills were introduced this year, two by Republican lawmakers, but statehouse leadership will not move them forward.
- Push for comprehensive background checks on all gun sales.
- Keep illegal guns off the streets by supporting laws that can be enforced and address trafficking and straw man purchases.