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Mayor David Scheffler (R-Lancaster, left) talks with Mayor Nan Whaley (D-Dayton) and Mayor Andrew Ginther (D-Columbus). They were at the Ohio Mayors Alliance luncheon where seven cities received more than $200,000 for local educational projects.

Bipartisan Ohio Mayors’ Group Lobbying Lawmakers On Gun Policy Changes

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Mayors are actively lobbying state lawmakers to consider a package of changes to gun laws and mental health policy unveiled by Gov. Mike DeWine in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting earlier this month. Democratic Dayton mayor Nan Whaley is a founding member of the Ohio Mayors Alliance, and a former Democratic candidate for governor. And she said… Read More

Study: Nearly 500,000 Years of Life Lost in Ohio Due to Gun Violence Over 10 Years

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ATHENS, Ohio — A group of researchers in Ohio found that between 2008 and 2018, the state lost hundreds of thousands years of life due to gun violence. The Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health (The Alliance) released research showing nearly 500,000 years of life were lost in Ohio during that decade. The research was… Read More

Makeshift Memorial in Dayton

FBI Reviewing Ohio Shooter’s Interest in Violent Ideology

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The gunman who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, had expressed a desire to commit a mass shooting and showed an interest in violent ideology, investigators said Tuesday as the FBI announced it is opening an investigation. Federal investigators will try to determine what ideologies influenced 24-year-old Connor Betts, who might… Read More

Concealed Carry Debate: Do Weak Permit Laws Lead To Increased Gun Violence?

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Lawmakers and dozens of opponents to a pro-gun bill squared off in an Ohio House committee over so-called “Constitutional Carry,” HB178, which allows people to carry a concealed weapon without the need for a permit or training. Amy Whitson is a trauma surgeon who teaches advanced trauma life support in Columbus. She says she’s seen first-hand the serious and fatal… Read More

Seth Adams

Deep In Gun Country, Students Speak Out On Gun Violence

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Gun culture runs deep in much of the Ohio Valley, where hunting is a revered tradition and the majority of state lawmakers in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia boast “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association. But even here the growing national student activism on gun safety is taking hold in the wake of recent… Read More

Students Push As Lawmakers Ponder Gun Safety Bills

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In a recently released court video, Capt. Matt Hilbrecht of the Marshall County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s office testifies about his interrogation of Gabriel Parker, the 15-year-old accused of a mass shooting at Marshall County High School in January. “We asked him initially when he had the thought of the school shooting,” Hilbrecht begins as he describes the… Read More