An Ohio Republican state lawmaker on Sunday blamed mass shootings in the US on former President Barack Obama, “fatherlessness,” video games and “drag queen advocates” following two shootings this weekend in Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead. The state’s Republican Party is now calling for her resignation.
The comments from state Rep. Candice Keller – whose district is close to Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman opened fire early Sunday in a popular downtown area, leaving nine dead – were made in a now-deleted Facebook post on her personal account after the Ohio massacre occurred, according to the Dayton Daily News. The Dayton shooting, as well as a weekend attack in El Paso, Texas, have reignited a national discussion about the causes of gun violence.
“After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs?” the Republican wrote, before going on to list nearly a dozen things she said were to blame for mass shootings.
“The breakdown of the traditional American family (thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games,” Keller wrote in the post.
Along with other things she said were behind the violence, Keller placed blame on “disrespect to law enforcement (thank you, Obama)” and “the Dem Congress, many members whom are openly anti-Semitic.”
Keller told the Dayton Daily News that she posted something to her private Facebook page and that the statement “sounded like part of her posting but she couldn’t be sure if it had been altered.” CNN has reached out to Keller for comment.
Ohio Republican Party chairwoman Jane Murphy Timken called on the GOP state lawmaker to step down from her Butler County seat on Monday, saying Keller’s post was “shocking.”
“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. Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable,” Timken said in a statement to CNN. “Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together, not promoting divisiveness. I am calling on Candice Keller to resign.”
Butler County Democratic Party Chairman Brian Hester also said Keller is unfit to hold her office, telling the Dayton Daily News that the state lawmaker “loves to fan the flames and play the role of victim here, not the nine people who were killed.”
“She is an embarrassment to her party, to conservatives, to Butler County and to the state Legislature,” he said.
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones echoed that sentiment in an interview with The Washington Post, calling Keller’s rhetoric “shameful.”
Chris Seelbach, a Democratic member of the Cincinnati City Council who said a number of the identities criticized by Keller applied to him, tweeted the phone number to Keller’s office alongside an apparent screenshot of the post and urged Twitter users to “let her know what you think.”
On Monday, President Donald Trump sought to blame the media for the weekend’s rampages, saying coverage has “contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years,” even though the President’s rhetoric — including calling illegal immigration an “infestation” — has been scrutinized in the wake of the El Paso shooting, in which the alleged shooter is believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant document targeting Hispanics.
Speaking at the White House later Monday, Trump, like Keller, cited video games as one of the reasons behind mass shootings in the US, saying, “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society.”
“This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace,” said Trump, who has previously expressed an openness to tougher action on gun control only to back away under pressure from Second Amendment activists and the gun lobby.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, made similar comments on Sunday, telling Fox News that video games “dehumanize individuals to have a game of shooting individuals and others.”
“I’ve always felt that is a problem for future generations and others. We’ve watched from studies shown before of what it does to individuals. When you look at these photos of how it took place, you can see the actions within video games and others,” McCarthy said.
NORTH CANTON, Ohio – Before becoming a mother of three, Amanda Egli had been living with a genetic blood disorder, which causes the kidneys to shut down.
Her mother, aunt and uncle all passed away from the hereditary disease.
“I decided to have my kids back to back because each pregnancy got harder and harder,” said Egli.
The 34-year-old was told earlier this year that she would need to go on dialysis and would eventually need a kidney transplant to survive.
“It was stressful to say the least, and just waiting and knowing you have to wait and there’s nothing you can do about it,” she said.
Doctors said siblings are usually the best living donor candidates.
Egli has three, but it was her father who immediately stepped in to offer his.
“I had always hoped that day might never come, but when it did, I was like of course I will,” said Jim Whalen.
Testing revealed he was a perfect match.
“They told me multiple times that it was so unusual, so rare for a father to match perfectly,” said Egli.
On April 30, the father and daughter underwent surgery in side-by-side operating rooms.
“I didn’t want anything to happen to him, you know, because of me, so that was my biggest fear,” said Egli.
Thankfully, the transplant was a success, and the ultimate display of a father’s love.
“I like to think that any parent who was medically able, would willingly donate if it meant helping their child,” said Whalen.
VINTON COUNTY, Ohio — A woman was arrested and charged with burglary after sheriff’s officials say she broke into a home in Hamden, Ohio Monday morning.
Officials with the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office said around 9 a.m., deputies arrived and spoke with a resident who said a woman broke into her house and began acting bizarrely. The victim said she entered through the back door, sat down on the couch and began to pet the family dog. Then, she washed the dishes and left the house.
As deputies spoke with the victim, sheriff’s officials received a call that a woman matching the description of the burglar was knocking on doors in the area of Omar Street in Hamden.
Sheriff’s officials said Cheyenne Ewing gave deputies a false name, and appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. She advised she’d been up for two days.
She was arrested, taken to jail and charged with burglary.
PAINESVILLE, Ohio– The Lake Humane Society is raising money for the care of an iguana injured in a bizarre incident inside a Painesville restaurant.
Officers were called to a Perkins restaurant April 16 for a disorderly customer. Police said 49-year-old Arnold Teeter pulled the iguana out from under his shirt, started swinging it over his head and threw it at the manager.
Teeter was arrested a short time later, and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and cruelty to animals.
The iguana, now named Copper, suffered a leg fracture. The Lake Humane Society said she also has metabolic bone diseases and was missing a portion of her tail.
The lizard is under protective custody and the humane society is waiting for permission to perform surgery. The estimated cost of care is $1,600.
“We need your help to give this innocent reptile a second chance at life,” the human society said Thursday.
When Teeter appeared in court last month, he was disruptive and refused to surrender the iguana.
CLEVELAND – There were three extra outfielders during Case Western Reserve University’s baseball game on Saturday.
In the bottom of the first against Brandeis University, a trio of deer hopped the fence at Nobby’s Ballpark in Cleveland.
The animals trotted across to left field, where players opened a gate. But the group opted to go back across to the right field fence to make an exit.
It was all caught on video and posted to the university’s athletic department’s YouTube page.
CWRU baseball split the double-header, winning the first, 6-0, and losing the second, 7-5.