State of Ohio Archives: on Gun Control


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