Ignoring Ohioans' wishes

I find it interesting that a Quinnipiac poll found 52% of Ohioans oppose the Heartbeat Bill (“Ohioans oppose heartbeat measure,” July 27). Why then did our legislators propose the bill and Gov. DeWine sign it into law? Don’t they listen to the voters?

To date, I’ve not heard anyone who supports the bill step forward and volunteer to take care of the children born as a result of it.

Additionally, the same poll found 90% of Ohioans support background checks for all gun purchases. But the Republican-dominated Statehouse continues to weaken gun laws. An example is the current bill allowing any law-abiding adult to carry a gun without a concealed license permit (“Efforts to curb gun violence fail in Ohio,” Aug. 5). Again, why? Have we become immune to mass shootings? Or are NRA contributions too important?

What will it take for those in power to listen to the majority of their constituents? Apparently lobbyists’ money is more important. The voting booth is the only answer. By returning the same yahoos to office time and time again, voters are teaching them that ignoring their opinions is OK. Nothing will change as long as people vote for a party instead of the candidate.

Carol Ray, Fairlawn

 

McConnell and Russia

It's a shame that the House of Un-American Activities Committee no longer exists. Mitch McConnell would be a prime candidate for a thorough investigation of his activities in the Senate and away from it. He has steadfastly blocked legislation that would provide money to protect our election system from attack by Russia and other foreign entities. Donald Trump's protector deserves his new nickname, Moscow Mitch.

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough (co-host of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC) tweeted about the voting machine debacle: “All Republicans are saying Russia is trying to subvert U.S. democracy & Moscow Mitch won't even let the Senate take a vote on it. That is un-American.”

Bob Belfance, Akron

 

Guns not the reason

Two more shootings and the media and anti-gun crowd trot out the same misguided, knee-jerking response: further restrictions or bans on gun ownership. Something must be done to determine the reasons for these shootings, and a firearm is not a reason.

No government entity or university, to my knowledge, has ever done any in-depth research into these occurrences. If we are truly serious about preventing these atrocities, then let’s find out what causes them, and I’m not referring to a one-line motive. I can assure you there are many contributing factors in each of these cases, and there are likely commonalities involved.

Discovering those will be a step in the right direction. Taking firearms away from law-abiding people will not take away the hate and rage that seems to be a component in these murders.

There are very likely medical issues involved in some of these incidents. If delving into such records is prohibited in some way, then perhaps there should be a pathway to overcome that prohibition in these cases. Medical privacy in the case of a mass murderer should not be an obstacle in attempting to prevent further such incidents.

Chris Beebe, East Sparta