‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill headed for vote in Ohio House next week

Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto the measure. New House speaker says they have the votes to override the governor.

According to the Springfield News-Sun, a controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun bill will likely get a floor vote in the Ohio House next week and even if Gov. John Kasich follows through with his veto promise, there would be enough support to override a veto, said Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell.

House Bill 228 would give armed Ohioans the right to ‘stand your ground’ when facing a threat in public places such as parks, roads or stores. It would also shift the burden of proof in self-defense cases to the prosecution, which would align Ohio with the vast majority of states.

It is the first pro-gun rights bill to advance to a floor vote since the mass shootings in Parkland, Florida and Santa Fe, Texas, which prompted national protests and school walk outs. Read News-Sun article…

Call Rep Koehler and Rep Dean and tell them enough is enough.

Rep Bill Dean: 614-466-1470
Rep Kyle Koehler: 614-466-2038

At the national level…

We are still reeling from the mass shooting at a Florida high school. But things do not have to be this way. We must remind our government officials that they represent us, not the powerful gun lobby. And if they refuse to protect us and our children by enacting common sense gun reform, we will vote them out of office. Real, lasting change will require a long-term strategy of staying motivated, voicing our outrage, and getting organized at the polls, which we intend to do this November. But what can we do in the meantime?

Four ways to take action in the weeks to come:

1. Indivisible Springfield would love to have a steady trickle of visitors to Sen. Portman’s and our State reps’ offices over the next two weeks. In fact, we would love a level of engagement similar to what we had during the fight to save the Affordable Care Act. After all, gun violence in America has become a public health crisis. Please consider going on a visit and bringing one or two friends along with you. We believe many visits by small groups of our members over time may be more effective than a large, one-off event or rally. Office visits are better than calls and emails because:

  • They show you care enough about this topic to travel to your reps’ offices.
  • Office visits can’t be ignored or brushed aside like voice mail, faxes, and emails.
  • Our reps (or their staffers) are forced to look us, their constituents, in the eye and explain why they are doing nothing to protect us from the next mass shooting.

If you can drive, please email the leadership team at indivisiblespfldoh@gmail.com. Let us know the date and time you plan to visit and how many you can take in your vehicle. Also, if you need a ride, please contact us. We will put drivers and riders in contact with each other so they can make arrangements.

Sen. Rob Portman
37 West Broad St.
Suite #300
Columbus, OH 43215

State Sen. Bob Hackett
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215

State Rep. Kyle Koehler
77 South High St.
11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

State Rep. Bill Dean
77 South High St.
12th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

2. Send a campaign contribution to Rob Portman in the amount of “thoughts and prayers.” Many of you have no doubt seen this viral photo on the internet. What a great idea!

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3. Make a short video clip expressing your views about the scourge of gun violence in America and politicians’ refusal to act. Just remember to keep it brief (30 seconds or less), and please, no profanity or name-calling. Email it to Indivisible Springfield at indivisiblespfldoh@gmail.com and we will tweet it out to our reps at the state and national levels.

4. Leave some comments on Sen. Rob Portman’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/senrobportman/. Sen. Portman is one of the top recipients of NRA blood money in Congress. No wonder he is more interested in protecting them than the lives of Ohio’s men, women, and children. A little public shaming is in order!

Real change means electing a new Congress

This will entail registering as many voters as we possibly can and getting them to the polls on election day. Indivisible Springfield will need all hands on deck to accomplish this task.

Please come to our next meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m., First UCC, 2000 E. High Street in Springfield. We will be discussing our strategy for the 2018 midterms. Thank you again for continuing to fight with us!

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