One Ohio lawmaker is blaming the mass shooting in Dayton on a number of things, including gay marriage and transgender people. In a Facebook post that was only visible to friends, Ohio state representative Candice Keller blamed the recent mass gun violence on “the breakdown of the traditional American family (thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates).”
Keller goes on to blame other groups, including “fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games; the relaxing of laws against criminals( open borders); the acceptance of recreational marijuana; failed school policies (hello, parents who defend misbehaving students): [and] disrespect to law enforcement( thank you, Obama).” Although not publicly visible, a screenshot of the rant was originally posted by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“Did I forget anybody,” Keller continues in the rant. “The list is long. And the fury will continue.”
Fortunately, a number of other Ohio lawmakers—both Democrats and Republicans—stepped forward to condemn Keller’s statements.
“Ohio State Representative Candice Keller (represents Middletown, Ohio) says the shootings happened because of my marriage to Craig,” said openly gay Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach in his own social media post.
“Some want to politicize these events, and I cannot condone such comment and behavior,” said Butler County Republican Party Chairman Todd Hall told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Butler County Democratic Party Chairman Brian Hester called out an issue with Keller’s post, noting that many of the groups she claims are the cause actually tend to be the victims.
Even Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, who is known as an outspoken Trump supporter, expressed disappointment over Keller’s remarks.
“Shame shame shame Candice Keller,” he told Keller in a tweet.