Published on October 17th, 2019 | by Colleen Craig1
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley Endorses Ohioans For Gun Safety’s Ballot Initiative
On Wednesday, October 16 at the Statehouse, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced her endorsement of the Ohioans For Gun Safety campaign’s ballot initiative. The proposal is entitled “An Act to Close Loopholes in Background Checks on Gun Sales.”
Very little progress has been made at the state level in Ohio on common-sense gun safety proposals in the wake of the mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District that sent shockwaves through our state on August 4, 2019.
Check out our recent post about the campaign to learn more about how you can get involved.
Here’s an excerpt of Mayor Nan Whaley’s remarks about her endorsement of Ohioans for Gun Safety’s ballot initiative –
I am here today because I am committed to doing something to address gun violence in Dayton and across Ohio.
I am very proud to announce that I am endorsing the Ohioans for Gun Safety ballot initiative.
I have seen first hand the devastating impacts of gun violence on my city. The only answer to this crisis – the only answer – is stronger limitations on access to guns.
21 other states have already closed the background check loophole – it is time for Ohio to do the same. Research shows that universal background checks are among the most effective steps we can take to address gun violence.
90% of Ohioans support universal background checks. This initiative will force the General Assembly to take a vote on this overwhelmingly popular policy.
And if they refuse to pass it, we will take it directly to voters next November.
It only takes about three weeks for the public to move on from a mass shooting. But this time, more than two months after the shootings in Dayton and El Paso, we are still having a conversation about real change. Every mayor who experiences a tragedy like this hopes they’ll be the last. Sadly, we know that won’t be the case. But still, it feels like real change is possible this time.
The thing about Dayton’s Oregon District is that places like it exist all over our country. Safe, trendy neighborhoods full of a diverse group of people having a good time with their friends.
If a mass shooting can happen in Dayton’s Oregon District – it can happen in any city.
But Dayton has changed the world before, and we can change it again.
After the 1913 flood, our community built a massive flood control system that has kept our city safe for over a hundred years. That system became the model for the Tennessee Valley Authority and similar systems across the country and around the world.
There’s no reason Dayton can’t once again serve as the catalyst for change. Ohioans for Gun Safety are building a powerful, bipartisan, grassroots coalition to give to enact meaningful gun safety legislation.
And I am ready to get to work with them.
On August 3rd, Lois Oglesby went to meet friends in the Oregon District – it was her first time going out since her daughter was born a few months earlier. Her evening of celebration abruptly turned to tragedy as the gunman’s shots rang out.
In her last moments, Lois wasn’t thinking of herself, she was thinking of her family. She called her partner to ask him to make sure her children knew what they surely already did – that she loved them more than anything.
It now falls on us in Dayton to build the community that will raise Lois’s children. It falls on all of us to keep them safe. We owe it to them to keep the promises we made during this crisis.
We owe it to them to do something.