When Ohio Governor Mike DeWine revealed his plan to address gun violence, a lot of people were paying attention. After all, Ohio was the home of a deadly mass shooting in Dayton back in August. Itís what pressure the Ohio governor to even look at potential gun control policies in the first place.
Anti-gunners were licking their chops. They saw the potential for a big win in the state, one they could potentially use to leverage other red states into adopting gun control policies.
Now, theyíre quite upset with DeWine†because his plan doesnít go far enough.
In the discussion, DeWine defended†the gun policy proposal he introduced Monday, amid pushback from gun control advocates that the would-be law doesnít go far enough. DeWineís proposal, called STRONG Ohio, includes voluntary background checks in private gun sales, and calls for more enforcement of existing laws. Some critics have argued that the governorís position is softer and has less teeth than what he had originally promised in the wake of the deadly shooting in Daytonís Oregon District.
DeWine said he has to protect the Second Amendment and also be aware of what would pass the Ohio legislature.
ďThis improves what we have dramatically and this is something we can get passed,Ē DeWine said on†Cincinnati Edition.
And honestly, that last part is what anti-gunners who are complaining are missing.
The truth of the matter is that pro-gun legislators want none of it. We understand that what happened in Dayton was a failure of humanity, not a failure of government. That killer was breaking the laws already on the books just by having that gun and anyone familiar with those laws already knows it.
DeWine is trying to walk a tightrope here. Heís trying to introduce measures that have a shot at passing rather than proposing pie-in-the-sky gun control that not only would die in committee but would also damage his ability to pass anything else.
They ignore that voluntary background checks are something that might actually†pass†other places. Frankly, I like the idea. I donít want to sell my gun to a criminal, but I donít want to be required to have a background check if I sell a gun to my father, a retired police officer who has never spent a single night in jail. Such a measure might actually make a difference since I suspect a number of people would take advantage of it should it be voluntary. A lot wouldnít, for understandable reasons, but a lot would.
But nope. It doesnít place the yoke of tyranny on our necks, so itís simply not good enough for the gun grabbers.
And they wonder why we donít negotiate with them anymore. Well, this is why. Not only will they not give us anything, they never respect what ground anyone is willing to give up unless they get the whole enchilada. Theyíre mad at DeWine because heís not pushing universal background checks and full-on red flag laws.
Thatís what itís always been about with them. Itís why thereís no point in actually talking with them and giving them anything, even these measures that DeWine is backing.
Itís only a matter of time before they push for more and we all know it.
Tom Knighton is a Navy veteran, a former newspaperman, a novelist, and a blogger and lifetime shooter. He lives with his family in Southwest Georgia.†https://bearingarms.com/author/tomknighton/