Rep. Kennedy Kent Issues Statement On Texas Mass Shooting
Questions need for high-capacity weapons in the streets

State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today released a statement following yet another mass shooting in the United States, which saw some 26 people killed and dozens more wounded at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

“My condolences go out to the victims and their families of the latest mass shooting in America—this time in Texas. I know there are those that will not consider it the proper time, but I must speak on the high-capacity weapon used in the senseless taking of the lives of adults, children and even the unborn.

“I also know many of my colleagues on the other side aisle are not comfortable with laws to ban these weapons, but let's at least have a conversation. These weapons have been used in many of the nation's deadliest mass shootings, and something has to be done. Right now, high-capacity semi-automatic weapons are the perfect killing machine in the hands of someone looking to cause mass casualties.

“Let's consider whether we need near-military grade weapons in our homes, on our streets and around our children. Are these weapons necessary for self-defense? Do these weapons pose a distinct threat to the safety and security of the public? Do these weapons make it easy for deranged attackers to kill people with little hope of stopping them before they inflict mass injury and death?

“It is our duty to pass laws to keep Ohioans safe from harm. Innocent children were again victims of violent carnage this weekend in Texas. When asked, the majority of Americans consistently support laws prohibiting high-capacity weapons. Therefore, with the protection and safety of our children foremost in our mind, let's talk.”

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