It seems like some politicians are blaming these shootings on anything but the actual problem. The El Paso assailant, Patrick Wood Crusius, posted a full explanation as to why he planed the attacks. In his manifesto, he wrote, “Hispanics will take control of the local and state government of my beloved Texas, changing policy to better suit their needs. They will turn Texas into an instrument of political coup which will hasten the destruction of our country.” Of course, that is only a small tidbit that encapsulates his entire four page long, premeditated attack on Hispanic individuals at a Walmart. While his reasons are evident, Representative Candace Keller of Ohio decided to point fingers at literally anything else.
In a Facebook post that was deleted and later recovered, Representative Keller outlined her explanation for the common occurrence of mass shootings. She blames transgenders, gay marriage, Democrats, video games, drag queen advocates, and even recreational marijuana. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone being so stoned that they shot up a Walmart. She closes her argument by questioning, “Did I forget anybody? The list is long. And the fury will continue.”
According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio GOP is urging her to resign, Ohio Republican Chair Jane Timken saying she already asked Keller to step down. “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 theses acts were happening. Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable. Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together not promoting divisiveness,” Timken said in a public statement. “I’m calling on Candice Keller to resign.”
The Butler County Democratic Party Chairmen Brian Hester believed that it was wrong for Keller to essentially blame the victims of mass shootings. In a statement to Cincinnati.com, he said, “To blame these shootings on some of the very people who have been targeted is offensive to those victims as well as the nine people who were murdered in Dayton this morning and to their grieving friends and family members.” He continued, “I think we should focus on the ease this killer had to the tools at his disposal for his murderous rampage more than what video games he played as a kid… It is disgraceful this is what passes for Republican rhetoric now.“