Late Thursday, House Democrats delivered impassioned floor speeches against a last-minute, unvetted amendment to House Bill 175, Shoot First legislation that would permit the use of deadly force by individuals who believe their lives are endangered in any space, something Democrats say goes too far, and would threaten Black lives and make all Ohioans less safe. Then, in a move to silence more Democratic opposition, Republicans employed a rarely used parliamentary procedure to prematurely end debate, and voted to ram the bill through along party lines.
"[Shoot First] laws increase violence, deaths and disproportionately impact communities of color. This makes our communities more dangerous," said Rep. Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park). Watch her entire floor speech.