Ohio Shooting 8-4-2019

Authorities work at the scene of a mass shooting Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. 

Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken is calling for State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, to resign after Keller partly blamed Sunday morning’s mass shootings on the breakdown of traditional family values, which she said included gay marriage, “drag queen advocates” and marijuana.

“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 to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable,” Timken said. “Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together, not promoting divisiveness.”

The Ohio Republican Party did not respond to a request for comment. Keller’s office phone went directly to voicemail and her office did not respond to two emails sent by The Center Square.

In a Facebook post, which Keller has either set to private or deleted, she said that liberals “start the blame game” whenever a mass shooting happens, but that they do not place the blame where it belongs. Keller provided her own list to which she said the blame belonged.

First, she blamed the breakdown of the traditional family and included the transgender movement, gay marriage, “drag queen advocates” and fatherlessness as culprits. She went on to also blame open borders, recreational marijuana, failed school policies and disrespect toward law enforcement, the flag and veterans. She also blamed the shift in culture, which she said ignores God, and officeholders, who she said ignore the Constitution.

Before police shot and killed the suspect, the shooter in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people. A shooter in El Paso, Texas, killed 22 people Saturday and had espoused racist and anti-immigrant views; he also described himself as a pro-Satan Leftist on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine outlined an 18-point plan on gun policy shifts in response to the Dayton shooting. These included red-flag style laws, increased penalties for gun crimes, expanded background checks, social media monitoring and mental health reforms.

Staff Writer

Tyler Arnold reports on Virginia and Ohio for The Center Square. He previously worked for the Cause of Action Institute and has been published in Business Insider, USA TODAY College, National Review Online and the Washington Free Beacon.