Ohio State Rep Blames Mass Shootings On Cannabis, LGBTQ Supporters, and Video Games

Cannabis is just one of the reasons the US is grappling with mass murder, according to one Ohio state lawmaker.

Candice Keller, a Republican state representative from Middletown, OH used her personal Facebook page as a tool to enlighten the American people of whom to blame for the recent mass shootings. It was a laundry list that started with “transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates” and went on to name violent video games, open borders, recreational marijuana, Obama, and Kaepernick.

She failed to mention white nationalists, the NRA, President Trump, the availability of semiautomatic assault rifles and 100-round ammunition drums. 

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones, who oversees law enforcement across Keller’s district had this to say: 

“It’s an embarrassment. It’s shameful. It does not reflect our party, our community, or the people who are hurting right now,” Jones told The Washington Post on Monday. “She only left out people who look like her.”

This is not the first time Keller has made controversial remarks. At a 2018 gun rights rally a month after the Parkland high school killings, Keller said that a 15-year old survivor “would just as soon be eating Doritos and playing video games.”

Butler County Democratic Party Chairman Brian Hester has come just short of asking her to resign.

“It was especially offensive for Keller to say immigrants and LGBTQ acceptance played a role in mass shootings,” Hester said. “El Paso has a large immigrant community, and seven Mexican nationals were among the dead. Some of the people she talked about in her rant, those people work for me. They’re family members,” he continued, “She assaulted all of them.”