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No Gun Reform Progress A Year After Dayton Shooting

Mourners gather for a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.
John Minchillo
Associated Press
Mourners gather for a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why little progress has been made on gun reform legislation proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine.

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In this week's episode:
Do Anything

It's been a year since a gunman killed nine people and injured 27 others in Dayton's Oregon District. Despite public outcries to "do something," and Gov. DeWine's promise to do so, very little progress has been made on gun reforms.

DeWine's original 17-point plan included measures for stronger background checks and a "red flag" law that would allow police to confiscate guns of people deemed dangerous. Neither of those reforms made it into the "STRONG Ohio" legislation that was introduced in the Ohio General Assembly.

Even with those points stripped out, DeWine's bill has been stalled in the legislature. But Republican state lawmakers are continuing to debate a "stand your ground" bill to allow the use of deadly force for self-defense even when a retreat is possible.

This week, DeWine announced a program that would try to prevent people with outstanding warrants from buying a gun.

Acton Out

Dr. Amy Acton is leaving the DeWine administration, two months after she quit as Health Department director to become the governor's health advisor.

Acton plans to return to the Columbus Foundation to be director of Kind Columbus, which is dedicated to spreading the words and actions of kindness as a defining value for the region.

Snollygoster of The Week: Kanye West

Kanye West supporters filed signatures this week to get him on Ohio's ballot as an independent candidate for president.

These supporters remain anonymous, as the signatures were submitted by an associate with the law firm Isaac Wiles, which has strong ties to the Republican Party. In other states, reporters have discovered people submitting West's petitions were long-time Republican operatives.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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