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Ohio Democratic Senate Hopefuls Clash on Gun Control

photo of P.G. Sittenfeld
KAREN KASLER
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

  Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate P.G. Sittenfeld says his opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, isn’t being honest when it comes to his position on gun control. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Strickland’s campaign has said he changed to supporting background checks for gun owners after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012. But Sittenfeld says audio from a call-in show on WOSU Radio in Columbus last year shows Strickland is talking from both sides of his mouth when it comes to gun control.

“We now know that two years and three months after those children were slaughtered, Governor Strickland was still bragging about his A+ rating from the NRA and still defending his vote to keep the same types of assault weapons that killed those kids on the streets of our cities.”

A written statement from Strickland’s campaign says he supports background checks and closing the loopholes that now exist to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists, criminals and the mentally ill. 

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.