Um, this one sucks. After the horrifying mass shooting in Dayton Ohio last weekend, in which ten people were killed, including the shooter, and another 27 injured, one Republican Ohio lawmaker made an unhinged, unfocused rant against all things vaguely leftist, including legal cannabis.
Candice Keller is a state house representative whose district is roughly 50 miles south of Dayton. In a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, Keller began by saying that liberals like to play the blame game after mass shootings, and this time “Why not place the blame where it belongs?”
She then launched into a rambling list of eleven different entities she believes are responsible for mass gun violence, none of which she directly connects to said violence.
The list includes many bizarre unexplained items with equally bizarre parentheticals such as the “breakdown of traditional family values (thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates,” “hatred of veterans (thank you professional athletes who hate our flag and National Anthem)”, and “the culture, which totally ignores the presence of God and the church (until they elect a President).”
Keller also singles out “the acceptance of recreational marijuana” as a cause of horrifying violence.
In response to the post, Ohio Republican Party leader Jane Timkin has called for Keller’s resignation.
“While our nation was in utter shock over the acts of violence in El Paso and Dayton, Republican State Representative Candice Keller took to social media to state why she thought these acts were happening,” Timken said in a statement. “Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable. Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together, not promoting divisiveness.”
Unlike many mass shootings which have made the news in recent years, the shooting in Dayton stands out in that its perpetrator claimed to have had liberal, as opposed to conservative ideology. Shooter Connor Betts has tweeted that he is an advocate of the left who opposed the policies of Donald Trump. He also tweeted a lot about his passion for arms, writing at one point, “Do love me some guns!”
Keller, who is a member of the NRA and United States Conceal Carry Association, did not mention guns, gun laws, or gun manufacturers on her list of things she blamed mass shootings on.