“I have serious concerns regarding many of the president’s gun control proposals. Further, I am disturbed the White House bypassed the American peoples’ elected representatives in Congress and implemented much of their agenda by executive order,” Chabot said.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Obama is overlooking the root causes of senseless acts of violence and is not working “with Congress to develop a comprehensive plan to lessen the likelihood of these kinds of tragic incidents in the future. Unfortunately, however, it appears the President has chosen to act unilaterally wherever he can and focus on new, unproven gun bans which would undermine the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”
Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, called Obama’s plans “a little misdirected.’’
Stivers said that “to take away guns from people who don’t use guns to do bad things doesn’t do anything to keep bad things from happening.’’ But at the same time, Stivers said he has “less of a problem with universal background checks.’’
The most adamant opposition came from Republicans Jim Jordan of Urbana, Bob Gibbs of Lakeville, and Bill Johnson of Marietta, who said they oppose any effort to ban assault weapons.
Instead, Jordan said that “in finding ways to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists, and the mentally ill, we must protect the freedoms guaranteed’’ by the Constitution.
The most forceful support for Obama came from Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Brown hailed Obama for “taking long-overdue action on efforts that improve background checks, ensure more federal coordination, and improve school safety,’’ adding that “it’s time for Congress to renew the assault weapons ban,’’ which expired in 2005.
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, who has had a strong rating from the NRA, posted on twitter that “it is imperative we do more to curb these tragedies.’’