It’s an all-too-familiar pattern in American public life: when a mass shooting occurs, Republicans and conservatives strain to avoid talking about guns, instead offering up explanations and prescriptions that conveniently sidestep the millions of firearms in circulation.
Following this weekend’s twin massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, it was more of the same. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested that video games were to blame. Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick is desperate to make it about ANTIFA. And President Trump, true to form, has placed the onus on the “fake news” media to help stop the violence.
But even amid all that deflection, one Ohio lawmaker stands out among the rest. Her name is Candice Keller, and she’s a Republican state house representative whose district is in the southwestern part of the state, roughly 50 miles to the south of Dayton, where a gunman killed nine people early Sunday morning just hours after another shooter unleashed a massacre in El Paso that has left 22 dead as of this writing.
In a breathless Facebook post, Keller, who is a member of the NRA, the United States Conceal Carry Association, and the Buckeye Firearms Association, made it clear that