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Dispatch: Reported rapes soar in Columbus

Columbus has the highest rate of reported rapes among the largest U.S. cities, federal crime statistics show. Data for the first half of 2002 -- the most recent available for cities nationwide -- as well as for all of 2001, show a rate here twice that of Los Angeles and four times as high as New York City. And Columbus is no standout among Ohio cities. Rates of reporting are higher in Cleveland,...

Taft asked to consider race when replacing Justice Cook on high court

Yesterday marked the deadline for applications to replace conservative Republican Justice Deborah Cook, still awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation to the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Fifteen judges and lawyers have submitted resumes to Gov. Bob Taft for an Ohio Supreme Court vacancy that doesn’t exist yet. Taft spokesman Orest Holubec said the administration has actively...

Crain's Cleveland Business prints OFCC response to anti-ccw editorial

Last week, we told you that Crain's Cleveland Business had published an editorial opposing the reformation of concealed carry laws in Ohio, which essentially mirrored a letter printed in multiple Ohio papers over the past three weeks, written by the president of the "Million" Mom March chapter of greater Cleveland. In their March 31, 2003 edition, Crain's published the official OFCC response, as...

Gannett News Service: Anti-gun group questions concealed carry research

COLUMBUS -- Gun control advocates on Wednesday criticized the credibility of a leading firearms researcher and said lawmakers have relied too much on his flawed work in their push for concealed weapons licenses in Ohio. But the expert, author John Lott, maintains his research is valid, and supporters insist the concealed weapons concept has more justification than just those figures. Jeff Garvas...

Flashback: Ohio's CCW ban puts business owners who carry weapons under the gun

In light of the poorly researched editorial published by Crain's Cleveland Business , opposing concealed carry reform, we thought it might be wise to revisit an article published by Crain's' mid-state counterpart, Columbus Business First, last July. Unlike the editorial writers at Crain's, the Business First writer obviously researched this issue in depth before writing the article, and weighed...

Pro-CCW letter to the editor in the Findlay Courier

A pro-CCW letter to the editor has been printed in the Findlay Courier. While we cannot concur with the writer's praise for Rep. Brinkman (he placed a principled, but counter-productive vote against HB12), and while we know Rep. Seitz is a friend of concealed carry reform efforts, the letter does a good job of referencing other states to point out that HB12 will only be hurt by the addition of...

Crain's Cleveland Business Editorial: ''Shoot it Down''

On March 24, Crain's Cleveland Business published an editorial opposing the reformation of concealed carry laws in Ohio. This editorial bore striking similarity to a letter printed in multiple Ohio papers over the past three weeks, written by Lori O'Neill, president of the "Million" Mom March chapter of greater Cleveland. In the editorial, Crain's editors admitted that they were a bit "far afield...

GOP contenders line up for shot at Manning's old spot

Several candidates have tossed their hats into the ring to replace former state Rep. Jeff Manning, who recently resigned to take the position of Lorain Co. prosecutor . Click on the "Read More..." link below to learn more about efforts to replace this pro-CCW, OFCC PAC 2002 endorsee. Manning’s former House seat includes the cities of North Ridgeville, Elyria and Avon and must be filled by a...

Tale of Two Cities: Parma woman brutally murdered; Stockton woman saves self

Brook Park - Police remained baffled yesterday over the shooting death of Ramona Krotine, whose body was found Friday in the trunk of her car at a rapid transit station. Cuyahoga County Coroner Elizabeth Balraj said Krotine was shot once in the neck and was beaten on the neck and head. "We have no leads," Police Chief Kevin McQuaid said. Krotine, 53, a wife and mother of three who lived in a...

OFCC PAC Endorsee to challenge for Akron Mayor's office

A Republican state legislator [and 2002 OFCC PAC endorsee] said he will announce this week that he will challenge incumbent Don Plusquellic for mayor. State Rep. Bryan Williams said the city needs new leadership after 17 years of City Hall being run by Plusquellic, a Democrat who is seeking re-election next year. He doesn't have the fire in the belly to get the job done," Williams, 38, said of...

Letter to the Editor from John Lott: ''The Crash That Killed My Data''

After the firing of (former) Emory professor Michael Bellesiles for having falsified research in his anti-gun book , "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture", after Columbia University retracted their awarding of the Bancroft Prize to him for the book, and after having his book pulled from publication, the anti-gunner's needed to try and hit the good guys back. They thought they...

Letter to the Editor: ''Constitution worthless if gun limits upheld''

A well-written letter to the editor appeared in Sunday's Columbus Dispatch. Because the Dispatch's website is subscription-based, we are archiving the entire letter here: "Ohio law effectively extinguishes the right to bear arms specifically guaranteed by Ohio's Constitution. In her March 16 Forum column, "Legislators shirk pressing issues to push gun bill" , Mary Ann Edwards suggested that the...

Letter to the Editor: ''Taft didn't keep his campaign promises''

The Cincinnati Enquirer has published a letter to the editor which does an excellent job of outlining some of Gov. Bob Taft's broken campaign promises, including the one promising to support concealed carry reform. He puts it in the context of how Taft's behavior is hurting his party: "I am a strong Republican, like the majority of voters that live around me. I donate to the national, state and...

Chicago Tribune: States poised to make it easier to carry guns

File this story under "truths the Ohio papers refuse to print": States poised to make it easier to carry guns BY TIM JONES Chicago Tribune Gun rights advocates in several states are gaining in their efforts to liberalize firearm possession laws as public support for stronger gun-control regulation wavers. Legislatures in Missouri, Ohio, Minnesota and other states are poised to approve bills...

Right back at'cha: MMM's O'Neill letter gets more smackdowns

This week the Cleveland Plain Dealer has printed three letters to the editor, responding to a letter written by MMM's Lori O'Neill, which has been published in multiple newspapers, and which we debunked after it's original printing in the Cincinnati Enquirer. O'Neill has apparently sent basically the same misguided, anti-gun letter to every newspaper she could think of, and it keeps getting...

Ohio is CCW Country!

Ohioans for Concealed Carry has color-coded a map of Ohio, which depicts the level of support in Ohio for concealed carry reform. House districts from which representatives voted FOR House Bill 12 are represented in blue, and those voting AGAINST HB12 are in red. Perhaps we need to fire up the t-shirt printer...because Ohio truly IS CCW Country .

Dispatch Editorial: ''Legislators shirk pressing issues to push gun bill''

On March 16, the Columbus Dispatch printed a column by Dispatch editorial writer Marry Ann Edwards , complaining that the "fanatic anti-tax Republicans" in the House put our constitutional self-defense rights on equal ground with the school funding mess, created by the formerly liberal Ohio Supreme Court. Edwards whines that "no groundswell of public support exists for this bill, and most of the...

Taft extends deadline for applications to replace Justice Cook

Several names familiar to Ohio voters are on a list of possible replacements for Supreme Court Justice Deborah L. Cook should the U.S. Senate confirm her nomination as a federal judge, Gov. Bob Taft's top aide said yesterday. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Cook's nomination to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Confirmation by the full Senate has been held up...

Youngstown Vindicator publishes opposing letters to the editor

On Sunday, March 16, the Youngstown Vindicator printed two opposing letters to the editor regarding the concealed carry reform issue. The first letter is from OFCC's Mahoning County coordinator, Rick Kaleda. The Vindicator also reprinted "Million" Mom March coordinator Lori O'Neill's letter of warning to Ohio businesses, which we debunked after it's original printing in the Cincinnati Enquirer...

Action Item: Encourage Columbus Police Reservists to endorse HB12

On March 16, 2003, a radio talk show on 610 WTVN featured a member of the Columbus Police Reserves, who was on air to take issue with the fact that reservists are forbidden to carry off duty by city law. The reservists are asking for support in lobbying the Mayor and Safety Director of Columbus to permit them off-duty carry. An OFCC supporter and 610 WTVN listener called in to point out that HB12...

State ban on concealed weapons heads to an appeal

A higher court has decided to hear an appeal of a local case that declared Ohio's law against carrying a concealed weapon unconstitutional. The Third District Court of Appeals in Lima said it will hear the case out of Seneca County Common Pleas Court, a spokeswoman in at the Lima court said. Transcripts on the matter from common pleas court are due by April 22, the spokeswoman said. After that...

Open letter to misguided-mom-march

It has been illegal to drive drunk, yet criminals still do so. It is illegal to buy, sell, use, and produce methamphetamines, yet criminals still will. It has been proved that no matter how many laws are enacted criminals will still violate these laws. Laws against rape robbery and assault have been on the books since the West was still the West, and not a gathering place for anti-US mamby-pamby...

Multiple letters to the editor: Thieves are the problem, concealed carry is not

The Cleveland Plain Dealer published three letters to the editors on Sunday in response to an article by Julie Carr-Smyth a week ago Thursday, claiming concealed carry reform could cost as much as $5.7 million. The first two of these letters expose Carr-Smyth's article for the misleading piece that it was. One of the letters is from OFCC President Jeff Garvas. A lawyer from Maple Heights penned...

Columbus Dispatch prints two CCW-related letters to the editor

The Columbus Dispatch has published two letters to the editor dealing with the concealed carry reform debate (subscription site - paid access only), now headed to the state Senate. In his pro-CCW letter, James Cleary points out that concealed-carry is not a threat to police, since "it's the bad people who might have a gun under their car seat that the law enforcement officers have to worry about...

Half of HB12's ''no'' votes from the Cleveland area

Is there something in the water? As we begin to take a look at who voted how on HB12, a startling observation jumps out: Less than 1/3 of Ohio Representatives oppose reforming concealed carry laws to reflect our constitutional rights, and 1/2 of that 1/3 are from the Cleveland/ Akron area. If all of the rationale by this small minority is as illogical and uninformed as that voiced by the...

OSU Student Newspaper Publishes Anti-CCW Editorial

"I want my tax money back. They're obviously not using it to educate who ever wrote this!" That's what one concerned citizen had to say after reading an anti-CCW editorial, published in OSU's student newspaper, "The Lantern". Witness the platitudes: "No one should feel the need to have a weapon in his or her pocket, bag or suitcase. Accidents can occur -- guns can still go off. If any random...

Letter to the Editor: Concealed-carry bill takes right approach

A pro-HB12 letter to the editor has been published in today's Columbus Dispatch. The writer, Mike Place of Dublin, certainly knows something that Ohio Highway Patrol Superintendant Paul McClellan does not . Click here to read the letter in the Columbus Dispatch (subscription site - paid access only). An archived version is available by clicking on the "Read More..." link below. Friday, March 14,...

Taft: Ohio homeland security risk ''Elevated''; but you may not defend yourself

Don't panic but be prepared, Gov. Bob Taft said yesterday as he unveiled new homeland-security guidelines for the state's schools, businesses and homes. The security levels, from green (low) to red (severe) adopted by the 21-member Ohio Security Task Force mirror the federal terrorism-alert levels. Ohio is now at a yellow or elevated security level. Taft said the outbreak of war with Iraq would...

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