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COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement in response to an open carry demonstration on the campus of The Ohio State University. The demonstration came a day before an Ohio Senate committee is scheduled to resume consideration of House Bill 48, a proposal that would allow people to legally carry hidden, loaded handguns on some college campuses, as well as in daycare centers and police stations. The committee delayed a vote last week on the measure after testimony from dozens of opponents, including Ohio State students and volunteers with the Ohio Chapter of Moms Demand Action.
STATEMENT FROM MICHELE MUELLER, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER FOR THE OHIO CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Today’s demonstration doesn’t contribute to a thoughtful conversation around how to protect students. It does the opposite, sending a threatening message to a campus that just a week ago experienced a frightening attack that left 11 members of the campus community injured. This kind of intimidation has no place in our political debate, and it’s particularly troubling coming amid discussion of a bill with such serious implications for public safety – and one that has raised concerns among police chiefs, prosecutors, members of the higher education community and Ohio State students.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs