On Monday Governor DeWine
introduced his 17 pt plan for a STRONG Ohio.
It is NOT a strong gun violence plan !
It is a complicated bill about sellers of guns, hospital evaluations, protecting gun rights, and increasing penalties/punishments.
Unfortunately the plan-
1. does NOT remove any weapons from those in crisis
Instead it removes the person for a 72 hour evaluation , the gun is still in their possession until a court rules otherwise. The court request is submitted by a doctor.
2. does NOT mandate background checks for gun purchases
Instead it allows buyers to get a background check and receive a ‘certificate’ they can then present to a seller. This gives the seller some assurance that they are allowed to purchase a gun. IT IS ALL OPTIONAL. ( A purchaser can already get a background check)
3. does NOT mention assault weapons or large capacity magazines
The Dayton shooter had a 100 round capacity magazine. Regulating magazines would make a difference in mass shootings.
4. does NOT address suicide prevention (other than forced treatment and institutionalizing people) even though the majority of gun deaths in Ohio each year are suicides
5. does NOT address domestic violence
6. does NOT prevent angry people from accessing guns
7. does NOT address community violence except to increase penalties
8. DOES NOT TALK ABOUT GUNS
Part of the plan also deals with and allocates money for safer schools, mental health for youth, tip lines, community safety, and finding more room in institutions for mental health treatment .
OCAGV believes that increasing mental health care is always important but we object to stigmatizing those with a mental illness . Those who have this kind of illness are not the cause of gun violence. Mental Health should be addressed separately from this plan and bill.
OCAGV opposes this approach based on process. Gun Violence is a public health crisis. The relationship between crime, suicide, domestic violence and guns needs to be addressed not avoided. We know the gun is the common denominator and they can be regulated. For the Governor to claim his optional steps are a gun safety plan instead of really doing something is an insult to all of us that have lost a loved one because of the easy access to weapons.
We will keep you updated on the next steps for a safer Ohio.