GOP Lawmaker Blames Obama, Marijuana, Gay Marriage For Mass Shootings
An Ohio Republican blamed mass shootings in the US on former President Barack Obama following two shootings this weekend in Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead. She also blamed the rampant gun violence in the US on “fatherlessness,” video games and “drag queen advocates” The state’s Republican Party is now calling for her resignation.
Ohio state Rep. Candice Keller — whose district is close to Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman opened fire early Sunday in a popular downtown area, leaving nine dead — made the comments in a now-deleted Facebook post on her personal account after the Ohio massacre occurred, according to the Dayton Daily News.
“After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs?” the Republican wrote, before going on to list nearly a dozen things she said were to blame for mass shootings.
“The breakdown of the traditional American family (thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games,” Keller wrote in the post.
Along with other things she said were behind the violence, Keller placed blame on marijuana, “disrespect to law enforcement (thank you, Obama)” and “the Dem Congress, many members whom are openly anti-Semitic.”
The post from Keller comes amid a nationwide discussion about who and what is to blame for gun violence and how to prevent future massacres.
On Monday, President Donald Trump sought to blame the media for the weekend’s rampages, saying coverage has “contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years,” even though the President’s rhetoric — including calling illegal immigration an “infestation” — has been scrutinized in the wake of the El Paso, Texas, shooting, in which the alleged shooter is believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant document targeting Hispanics.