Pro-Gun Punditry: Wednesday's Buckeye State Roundabout
There are more stories pertaining to our gun rights in Ohio then we can possibly draw attention to with individual daily commentary. But they are worthy of mention.
What follows is our weekly review of headlines from around the state though a pro-gun rights lens.
From shootings at City Hall and campaign headquarters to Anti-DeWine editorials, these articles should be a part of your required reading!
Click on the "Read More..." link below for seven days of headlines accompanied by short, concise pro-gun analysis.
Wednesday, Columbus - Man Ambushed, Shot At Apartment
- A man is recovering after being ambushed by armed men at a Columbus apartment complex. The victim told police he was getting out of his car in his garage when at least one man approached him. Police said they believe robbery was the motive.
As the Ohio legislature debates closing the 'Media Access Loophole' in the current Ohio CHL law, stories like this continue to prove that criminals will use whatever means is available to get the upper hand. Newpapers and television stations who publish the names of law-abiding Concealed Handgun License holders are certainly endangering the lives of prior victims and others who chose to protect their families with the most effect tools available. Contact your legislator and encourage them to support removal of the 'Media Access Loophole' on CHL information.
Wednesday, Cincinnati - Activist Wounded Near Cincinnati City Hall After Addressing Council
A black activist was shot several times and wounded across the street from City Hall on Wednesday, shortly after addressing City Council in one of his frequent appearances.
Police Chief Thomas Streicher Jr. said it appeared Bailey was targeted, not a victim of a random shooting.
Once again a restraining order against the shooter provided no protection. Also the current CHL law made certain the victim was unarmed as he left the Government owned building. The shooter knew the place and the time that the victim would be defenseless and took advantage of the opportunity provided by the current CHL law. Even though criminals are not known for deep thinking, they obviously think threw how to make their jobs easier.
Thursday, Columbus - Court Gives Ohio Gov. Partial Victory
The Ohio Supreme Court gave Gov. Bob Taft a partial victory Thursday in his efforts to withhold documents connected to a corruption scandal, saying he has the right to keep some records secret but must do more to prove that those related to a state investment in rare coins should be sealed.
The republican party in Ohio has strayed far away from the values and issues important to most conservatives in this state. Fortunately this is the last year Ohio must endure Gov. Taft. Even more fortunate for Ohio Gun owners is that both of the Republican primary candidates for Governor are strong 2nd Amendment supporters.
Thursday, Willow Wood - Symmes Valley Elementary children raising money for cancer research
Students at Symmes Valley Elementary are gearing up to take a very important walk -- a walk for a cure.
Symmes Valley's Walk for a Cure will be held at the elementary school from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on April 25. The rain date for the event is May 1. Teams consisting of students from Kindergarten through the eighth grade will be participating in the event -- all with one goal in mind -- to raise money for cancer research.
The teams chose a theme that will be depicted in their attire on the day of the walk. Some of the teams include: "Clowning around for a Cure", "Surfing for a Cure", "Hunting for a Cure", "Racing for a Cure" and the "Elemonating Cancer" team who will be giving away free lemonade during the walk.
If you have family in this area, encourage them to show and demonstrate the generocity of the Ohio Sportsmen and shooters.
Thursday, Dayton - DVD warns kids away from gun violence
Words of inmates and clergy are mixed with graphic crime images in an attempt to keep teens on a law-abiding path.
Seven years ago, the streets swallowed up Clifton Montgomery and spat him into an Ohio prison after he was convicted of aggravated robbery and burglary.
Montgomery is one of many local people featured in Peace by Peace, an anti-gun violence documentary that premiered Wednesday to community leaders and city and county officials in the Dayton Cultural and RTA Transit Center.
Any initiative to reduce gun violence is a great thing. In 2003 Ohio became the first state to earmark funds specifically to teach the Eddie Eagle Gun Safe program to our elementary children. Unfortunately for our children during the two years the program was active, only 7 school districts participated spending less then $2000 of the $40,00 available. It is encouraging to note that a previous story announcing this newest program did link back to the NRA's Gun Safety rules.
Thursday, Washington DC - Republican Sen. Mike DeWine, in trouble with conservative base in Ohio
Republican Sen. Mike DeWine, in trouble with parts of his conservative base in Ohio, went looking for some grass-roots support this month over at Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform.
Mr. Norquist has long been the go-to man for any candidate who wants to burnish his tax cut credentials by signing ATR's no-new-taxes pledge. But when he checked his pledge list, the two-term senator was one of nine Republicans who had not signed on the dotted line.
"He called the other day and he was talking about getting support from Americans for Tax Reform," Mr. Norquist told me. "I told him he is not a signer but we could send it over to him and that would be a very helpful sign, a commitment that you are never going to vote to raise taxes."
Remember May 2nd is "Anyone But DeWine" Day in Ohio. See full story here HERE. We need to send a strong message to the RINO in Ohio and Washington during this primary. Vote your Rights this spring and then again this fall. Click here for a list of all Buckeye Endorsed Candidates -> http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/content-104.html
Friday, Lorain - Shooting close to Capri Cafaro's Lorain Campaign HQ
Cafaro, a Democrat, is endorsed by pro-gun groups, such as the National Rifle Association, and she has said she supports measures such as Ohio's concealed weapons law. She also opposed the federal assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.
Yesterday's killing happened at West 18th Street and Washington Avenue, just down the street from Cafaro's Lorain headquarters. She said a violent crime such as yesterday's does not change her position on gun control issues. ''The bad guys will always find a way to have access to guns,'' Cafaro said.
While Candidate Cafaro's stance is certainly encouraging, it is still troublesome to know that her family owned mall business still insists on disarming law-abiding Ohio CHL holders throughout the state. Buckeye would like to see this issue addressed quickly as action carry much more weight then words alone.
Saturday, Columbus - Battle revs up to unseat DeWine
The countdown clock on U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine’s Web site says there are more than 200 days until the election — a good indication of just how little attention he’s paying to the two Republican primary opponents he faces in less than three weeks.
William G. Pierce, of Maineville, and David R. Smith, of Mason, don’t care whether DeWine notices them.
Attention Mr. DeWine, there is 13 days until the election. Lets hope conservative voter in Ohio pass this on to their friends, families and coworkers and make are voices heard on May 2nd.
Saturday, SE Ohio - Swing voters in Appalachia have volatile effect on Ohio politics
- Call it politically unpredictable or even volatile. Just don't call Appalachia politically aloof.
To win elections, candidates in both parties have to prove their dedication to some of the opposition's core principles. For Democrats such as Strickland, that means supporting gun rights. For Republicans such as Rep. Bob Ney, who represents a half dozen Appalachian counties, it's opposing GOP free trade agreements and cuts to social aid programs.
Sunday, Clark/Champaign County - Turkey numbers should be up in Clark, Champaign counties
A warm, dry spring in 2005 will translate well to Ohio’s 2006 spring wild turkey season.
According to data released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, Champaign County turkey hunters harvested 83 birds during the 2005 spring season, up from 50 in 2004. Clark County hunters checked in 31, up from 23. Those numbers should go up again this season.
Ohio's spring turkey season officially starts Monday April 24. However some areas are offering a youth only hunt starting on Saturday April 22.
Sunday, Lima - Outdoorsman likes protecting wildlife
Wildlife Officer Matt Hoehn, 26, knew as a child what he wanted to do and the profession has turned out to be everything he hoped it would be.
“I was in a hunter education course my father took me through and the local wildlife officer came in and explained his job, what he did, how he protected our resources and I was in awe,” Hoehn said. “I thought that had to be the coolest job in the world.
Tuesday, Hillsboro - Bill improves Ohio’s right to self-defense
Imagine being in your own home, sound asleep in your own bed. Suddenly, you wake up to an unfamiliar noise. As you stumble to turn on the light, you find that a stranger has forcibly entered your home, potentially to harm you or your family.
There is a natural instinct that when someone is jeopardizing the well-being of you and your family, you will take every measure available and necessary to protect your loved ones and your home, even if it results in serious physical harm or death to yourself or the intruder.
Fortunately, our laws recognize this instinct and right to protect ourselves, our families and our homes from criminals as “self-defense.”