WKYC: Ohio’s Brown, Portman, Akron mayor on gun debate

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WKYC: Ohio’s Brown, Portman, Akron mayor on gun debate

WKYC asked both Ohio U.S. Senators: “What is your reaction to the growing push to reexamine our nation’s gun laws? Would you support specific proposals to reinstate the assault weapons ban, limit the size of ammunition clips and magazines and make more vigorous efforts to keep guns out of the hands of those with documented mental problems?”

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said, “As a father, I cannot fathom the grief that the Sandy Hook Community is facing. But I do know that none of us is powerless. It’s past time that we start a sensible dialogue about gun safety in our communities. We should start by establishing a commission to examine how to prevent gun violence.”

“It’s also time to renew the assault weapons ban, a commonsense effort to prevent the proliferation of deadly weapons. We should also work to reduce the stigma attached to mental health treatment and to inform parents of mentally-ill children that they are not alone in their struggles and have allies and resources to which they can turn. Finally, I hope responsible gun owners will take steps voluntarily to keep their firearms out of the hands of unstable individuals. Each of us should do what we can to prevent the next Chardon or Newtown.”

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