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The Guest Editorial that The Cincinnati Enquirer Refused to Print
September 17, 2018
The recent mass shooting at the Fifth Third Center hit way too close to home. This town is our home. My heart certainly goes out to the victims and their families.
Before the bodies were cold, shouts for more gun control predictably surfaced. As we know from experience, gun control is ineffective and quickly approaches unconstitutional. But it makes us feel good about ourselves because "we have to do something."
Regarding the private ownership of so-called "assault rifles," please keep in mind that the world's most advanced weapons of war (battleships) were privately owned at the time the Second Amendment was written, during the War of 1812, and well into the 19th century. Therefore, it is clear that military style weapons are permitted for personal possession and use. The Second Amendment was written to prevent the federal government from interfering in this issue, hence "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." If we the people want to change that, we need to amend the Constitution.
There is no way to stop all determined killers, but the problem can be mitigated. Broadly speaking, there are three common denominators to mass shootings:
1. People are involved.
2. Guns are involved.
3. So-called "gun free zones" are the location. (According to the , 98 percent of mass shootings occur in so-called "gun-free zones.")
Let’s take these one at a time:
· People: Addressing the mental health issue with regards to firearms is elusive. I wish I had the answer to that and I am wide open to suggestions.
· Guns: The Constitution would need to be changed to authorize the federal, state, and local governments to confiscate firearms. Just for the sake of argument, let's pretend that can be accomplished. The next generation of killers can go to any hardware store and the corner drug store to inexpensively buy everything they need to build bombs. Gasoline, fertilizer, and large trucks are also readily available.
· So-called "Gun-free zones": Eliminating so-called "gun free zones" won't eliminate the problem but would mitigate it by giving trained citizens the right to defend themselves and others.
Predictably, this mass shooting occurred in a so-called "gun free zone." Even the Fifth Third Center security guards were unarmed. (What???) Fortunately, good guys with guns (Kudos to the Cincinnati Police.) were close by to quickly eliminate the killer. We can only speculate how many lives might have been saved if the security guards had been armed or if it hadn't been illegal for citizens at the scene to be armed. Imagine if the killer had gone up the elevator and floor-to-floor eluding police and killing scores if not hundreds of people. Nobody in that building is allowed to be armed. Horrifying!!!
To address this injustice, I am the sponsor of a public safety bill (House Bill 233) known as the Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). It passed the Ohio House of Representatives and is awaiting action in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee. The bill only applies to Concealed Handgun License (CHL a.k.a. CCW) holders. (They are required to pass a background check, be fingerprinted, photographed, and complete training in gun safety and marksmanship.) HB 233 decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones." It shouldn't be illegal to shoot back. Nobody should have to be a victim.
John Becker is the state representative for the 65th House District in Clermont County.
Becker Bills in the Ohio House of Representatives
- Public Sector Right to Work - This bill was assigned to the and has had no hearings.
- Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). It decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders. This bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. It is in the and has had no hearings.
- Eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty. It is in the It has no opposition and is awaiting an up or down vote.
- Replica Title Bill. It is in the and has had one hearing.
: Private-sector Right-to-Work – No worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. Furthermore, this amendment will tell the world that Ohio is "open for business." This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Right-to-Work – This legislation is about freedom of association. Like for the private sector, no worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Prevailing Wage – Repeals the requirement for taxpayers to pay artificially inflated wages, rather than those that are market-based. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Paycheck Protection – This amendment prohibits state and local government employers from withholding union dues or fees from workers' wages. Additionally, unions will be prohibited from spending workers' money on political activities without workers' consent. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Project Labor Agreements – This legislation is the Michigan model approved by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. State and local government entities will be prohibited from minimizing competition for construction projects by requiring that only union or non-union labor can be considered. A level playing field will be required. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Union Recertification – Requires annual reconsideration and recertification of workers' bargaining units. This amendment will open up competition for new bargaining units, will give workers a chance to have their voices heard, and will make union leadership accountable to their membership. This is in the and has had no hearings.
- Truth in advertising for property tax levies. It is in the and has had one hearing.
- Average Wage Fully Uniform Law (AWFUL) - Sets legislative salaries to Ohio's household median income. It is in the State and Local Government Committee and has had one hearing.
- Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths - Teachers With Options (DEFEND-TWO) - Largely eliminates so-called "gun free zones." They are the most dangerous places in America. The bill is in the Federalism Committee and has had one hearing.
- Double Dippers Inappropriately Privileged (DDIP) - Elected officials as well as state and local government employees will no longer be able to be working in the public sector and retired at the same time. Current retirees and survivor benefits are exempted.
with Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk | 9/17/2018 (26 minutes)
with Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk | 9/18/2018 (26 minutes)
Union Township Republican Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center.
Reagan Rally sponsored by the Scioto County GOP at the Friends Center in Portsmouth beginning at 6 PM.
"First Friday" Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's. .
along SR 125 in Withamsville from 2 PM to 3:30 PM.
Last day for voter registration
Candidates night in Newtonsville beginning at 6:30 PM.
Early voting begins
Clermont County League of Women Voters 65th House District candidates forum from 9 AM to 10 AM.
Clermont County Central Committee meeting at HQ in Batavia at 7 PM.
Evening for Life at the Sharonville Convention Center beginning at 5:30 PM.
2018 Biennial Convention at Cherry Valley Resort beginning at 9 AM.
Becker for State Representative -
Vetted, Tested, and Proven!
"Becker has a legitimate claim as the state's most conservative legislator," according to The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer (September 2017).
"Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republican… [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker," proclaimed the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
"Becker...is arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
Ranked as a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
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