From the CEO 8/6/2019
Aug 9th, 2019
With members all over the state including Miami Valley, the Idea Foundry family is deeply saddened by the senseless violence our neighbors in Dayton experienced this week, just hours after another mass murder in El Paso; barely a month after yet another major mass shooting in Virginia Beach.
Ohio has had nine mass shooting incidents this year, leaving 17 dead and 54 injured. It seems to take an increasingly disastrous body count to even stir us from our macabre normalization of such violence. We've watched the security of our public spaces ever eroded as potential targets--schools, parks, places of worship, workplaces, theaters, malls, concerts, festivals--no place is benign or sacred enough. We're experiencing an era where civilian survivors of one mass shooting are witnessing second mass shootings; some surviving again, others not as lucky.
While citizens experience this continuous level of terror simply going about our lives, at an unprecedented frequency amongst other first world nations, our leaders and policy makers tend towards the same speeches, the same inaction, even the audacity to blame video games, marijuana, and even marriage equality, while several European nations and Japan, are among the nations issuing travel warnings of 'potential gunfire everywhere in the U.S.'
As 'bullet resistant backpacks' now appear in school supply aisles, we remain a nation where our access to combat-grade weaponry is far easier than affordable access to adequate mental health care.
Thoughts and prayers aren't lessening the stream of gun violence in our nation--we need to gear up for thoughts and policy action.
At the State level, you can find a list of introduced bills regarding firearms here, which include:
(Senate Bill 19) Extreme Risk Protection Order Act to allow family members, household members, and law enforcement officers to obtain a court order that temporarily restricts a person's access to firearms if that person poses a danger to themselves or others. (Sponsor: Sandra Williams, D-Dist. 21)
(Senate Bill 62) Regards items that accelerate a firearm's rate of fire to prohibit certain conduct regarding trigger cranks, bump-fire devices, and other items that accelerate a semi-automatic firearm's rate of fire but do not convert it into an automatic firearm. (Sponsor: Cecil Thomas, D-District 9)
(Senate Bill 63) Establish requirements for firearms transfers to require a firearm transfer to be made through a dealer, through a law enforcement agency, or pursuant to a specified exception, and to require a background check when a firearm is transferred; (Senate Bill 64) Raise minimum age for purchasing firearms and increase penalty to raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to age 21 and to increase the penalty for improperly furnishing firearms to an underage person; (Senate Bill 65) Regulate transfer of firearms at a gun show to regulate the transfer of firearms at a gun show. (Sponsor: Cecil Thomas, D-District 9)
Also introduced has been House Bill 174- allowing a person age 21 or older and not prohibited by federal law from firearm possession to carry a concealed deadly weapon without needing a license subject to the same carrying laws as a licensee (Sponsor: Ron Hoob, R-District 78)
To help victims in Dayton, the Dayton Foundation has established the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund If you're in the Dayton area, you can schedule a blood donation appointment with the community blood center here and the American Red Cross online donation platform here.