Cordray seeks to ban all Second Amendment rights for military-aged adults
In advance of their first scheduled debate on September 19, gubernatorial candidates Mike DeWine (R) and Richard Cordray (D) have been asked by one of the debate partners, the Dayton Daily News, to weigh in on various issues.
On September 13, the focus was on "guns and school safety."
From the article:
Q: Since the Las Vegas, Parkland and other shootings, Ohio and other states have opened the door to talking about gun control and ways to improve school safety.
What steps do you support taking and why?
What do you believe would be the most effective approaches to reducing gun violence?
The answers to these questions could not present a more clear example of what is at stake for gun owners in this election.
Democrat Rich Cordray stated as follows:
We should conduct background checks on all gun sales, raise the purchase age to 21, ban bump stocks and high capacity magazine clips, improve school safety, and have a statewide coordinated approach to address gun violence throughout Ohio.
You read that right - if Richard Cordray becomes governor, he will support legislation that would deny the Constitutional right to bear arms to all voters below the age of 21.
In addition, Cordray actually said, with a straight face, that he believes banning bump stocks would be an answer to ending school violence, despite the fact that there is not even ONE documented case of a rifle fitted with such a device being used in an attack on a school.
For some reason, Cordray is also under the delusion that that banning "high capacity magazine clips" (whatever those are) would be an answer to ending school violence, despite the fact that many such attacks have been carried out by individuals with firearms that feature other types of ammunition storage methods.
Cordray offered no details on what he means by "improving school safety," but we DO have an idea of what he means by having a "statewide coordinated approach" to attacking gun rights. Last February, Cordray promised, if elected, to appoint a "Gun Violence Prevention Czar."
Meanwhile, Cordray's opponent, current Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offered concrete answers that directly address problems in our schools:
I have a plan to do the following:
First, we will make sure there is a mental health person in every school so that kids don’t harm themselves or others.
Second, we will enhance background checks to keep guns out of the hands of the bad guys.
And third, we will make sure that every school has either a school resource officer, administrator, or teacher who is properly trained who can provide protection until law enforcement arrives.
If elected as Ohio's next governor, Mike DeWine would focus efforts to reduce violence in schools on the problem of mental health.
If elected as Ohio's next governor, Mike DeWine intends to ensure that local courts to follow laws about submitting criminal convictions on time to our background check system. In March, a Cincinnati Enquirer investigation found hundreds or perhaps even thousands of felons in Ohio could still be allowed to pass a background check to purchase a firearm, all because dozens of Ohio courts are delinquent - sometimes by months or even years - in their responsibility to upload some paperwork.
If elected as Ohio's next governor, Mike DeWine intends to make sure that Ohio schools are providing the same type of protection afforded to our money, our favorite entertainers, and even Richard Cordray.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.