State of Ohio Archives: on Gun Control


Ted Strickland: 2010: Pro-gun & NRA endorsed; 2016: end gun epidemic

In Ohio, the quintessential presidential battleground, Democrat Ted Strickland campaigned as pro-gun in 2010 when he was running for reelection as governor. He even got the NRA endorsement over John Kasich. Six years later, he's his party's nominee against Republican Sen. Rob Portman and sounding a different tune: "I grew up in rural Appalachia, and I believe in the Second Amendment," Strickland writes. "My creator also gave me eyes & ears, a heart & brain--and the capacity to use all of them to assess the challenges facing our country. There is no denying that America is facing a pressing and heartbreaking epidemic of gun violence. The victims have been school children, moviegoers, parishioners and now dancers at a nightclub. Our leaders in Washington like Senator Portman are not taking simple, commonsense steps to keep weapons out of the hands of those who would do us harm."
Source: Washington Post on 2016 Ohio Senate race Jun 20, 2016

P.G. Sittenfeld: We need Senators who'll stand up to extreme gun lobby

P.G. Sittenfeld took a jab at Ted Strickland for refusing to "renounce" the˙National Rifle Association. Sittenfeld criticized both Strickland and incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) for doing the "bidding" of the NRA:

"Gun safety is absolutely a top issue. Still waiting on Ted Strickland & Rob Portman to renounce their NRA support," Sittenfeld wrote on Twitter. Commenting on the presidential debate: "Glad to hear Hillary thinks the candidate with the 'D-' NRA rating isn't tough enough on guns. I'm running against two candidates with 'A' ratings. What having an A+ rating from the NRA means is that you do their bidding. We need Senators who aren't afraid to stand up to extreme gun lobby," Sittenfeld tweeted.

Strickland received an A+ rating from the NRA during his failed 2010 campaign against John Kasich. Though Strickland went on to work for the Center for American Progress, which is decidedly anti-gun, he has yet to, as Sittenfeld stated, "renounce" his pro-gun voting record in Congress.

Source: The Free Beacon on 2016 Ohio Senate race Oct 14, 2015

Ted Strickland: OpEd: Worked for anti-gun group, but never renounced NRA

P.G. Sittenfeld took a jab at Ted Strickland for refusing to "renounce" the˙National Rifle Association. Sittenfeld criticized both Strickland and incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) for doing the "bidding" of the NRA:

"Gun safety is absolutely a top issue. Still waiting on Ted Strickland & Rob Portman to renounce their NRA support," Sittenfeld wrote on Twitter.

Strickland received an A+ rating from the NRA during his failed 2010 re-election campaign against John Kasich. "Our members will interpret your 'A+' rating and endorsement as an indication that you are a pro-Second Amendment, pro-hunting candidate who supports sportsmen and gun-owners on every issue," the˙chair of the NRA's Political Victory Fund wrote to Strickland in a letter at the time.

Though Strickland went on to work for the Center for American Progress, which is decidedly anti-gun, he has yet to, as Sittenfeld stated, "renounce" his pro-gun voting record in Congress.

Source: The Free Beacon on 2016 Ohio Senate race Oct 14, 2015

P.G. Sittenfeld: We have more mass murders because we have more guns

Let me ask you: Why does America experience more gun-related mass murders than any other industrialized nation in the world? Is it because we are inherently more violent, or because we have more people who are mentally ill?

No--it's not. Nor can we blame violent movies and video games--since people in other industrialized countries watch the same movies and play the same games.

What's different is the 300 million guns this nation now has in circulation--and the ease with which they can be accessed and carried into public places. So let me be crystal clear. While I support the 2nd amendment, I am tired of seeing it misused either to protect gang members who want assault weapons or to kill common-sense gun safety laws designed to protect our churches, schools and movie theaters.

Polls tell us that 90% of the American people--and a solid majority of gun owners--strongly support common sense measures like universal background checks that actually work.

Source: 2016 Ohio Senate race: Center of Hope Baptist Church speech Aug 9, 2015

Steven Driehaus: More enforcement; more safety locks; more background checks

Source: 2000 Ohio National Political Awareness Test Nov 4, 2008

Eric Fingerhut: Supports safety locks, background checks, semi-auto ban