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Rep. Tim Ryan: Meeting with gun owners productive

Published: Wed, February 13, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



U.S. Rep Tim Ryan met with about a dozen gun owners, concealed-carry trainers, gun dealers and sportsmen Tuesday to gather information and ideas on how to reduce problems with gun violence with acceptable effects on people who use guns legally.

Ryan met with about 15 law enforcement officers and prosecutors Jan. 31 to have a similar discussion with them.

Ryan of Niles, D-13th, said he’s hopeful that by talking with the two groups he can “come up with some ideas that are creative, doable that will actually address the issue of: How do you keep guns out of the hands of people who are criminals and those people with mental health issues.”

Ryan and Denny Malloy of Trumbull County, who is regional director of Whitetails Unlimited and a member of other area sportsmen’s clubs, told reporters after the meeting at Ryan’s Warren office that the discussion was productive.

Ryan said he believes the information he has gathered can “break the logjam” of extreme points of view on gun issues and “thread the needle, find those ideas that will actually solve the problem.”

Ryan said he would like to propose legislation in the next few weeks reflecting a “sensible approach to these problems.”

When pressed for specifics, Malloy said gun owners are willing to “subject ourselves as a legal firearm-owning community to certain hurdles to go through to make sure guns stay out of the hands of people who aren’t supposed to have them.”

He said the gun owners also believe there should be a greater emphasis on enforcing the gun laws on the books now.

For example, three of the worst places for gun violence are New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago, which have the “toughest gun laws in the country,” Malloy said.

“Why are we to think it’s going to work just adding more laws to the books? We need to give law enforcement, we need to give judges more of a mandate that they need to put criminals away that aren’t supposed to have” guns, Malloy said.

“In Ohio half a million people hunt and a couple million people owns guns that will never ever cause a crime, that do it for hobby, for sport, that bond with their family around the shooting range, and marksmanship and sportsmanship that’s been a part of our heritage since Day 1 in this country,” Malloy said.

Ryan called himself a “long-time supporter of the 2nd Amendment,” which protects the right of Americans to own guns.

Malloy said gun owners who attended the meeting from around the state Tuesday offered “a lot of facts and a lot of common-sense ammunition” for Ryan to take back to Washington.

Malloy said “hunters, fishermen, shooting enthusiasts are going to support common sense, and we hope the opponents to that would listen to some common-sense approaches that Tim has now and maybe find a little happy medium that all citizens can live with, without negatively affecting our Second Amendment rights.”

“A lot of times the people who are not pro-gun don’t understand our point of view,” Malloy said. “They don’t come from a rural lifestyle. They are negatively impacted by the media, and shock-drama kind of scares them to go against us. We hope we can educate and let people know we’re just normal citizens.”


1dmacker(517 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I congratulate Congressman Ryan on his attempt to find common ground on which we can all agree in order to eliminate the criminal misuse of firearms without burdening the lawful gun owners. Just passing more laws has not worked in the past and will not work in the future. We must strictly enforce the laws we already have, eliminate minimum sentencing for crimes committed with a firearm and improve our mental health services. Nothing the current administration has proposed would have prevented the recent tragedies. In the long term better education and more jobs could deter people from turning to a life of crime of which the firearm is a tool of choice. We must get those with serious mental issues the help they need and off of the streets. Moving against criminal gangs would reduce gun crime.

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2redeye1(5609 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Im sorry but as far as I'm concerned this is just another ploy by little Timmy to look good. He will vote however OBAMMY and PELOSER tell him to Enough Said !!! These poor people just wasted their time with him

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3steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I sincerely hope Mr.Ryan will make a stand for a common sense approach to the problem of gun violence.

The govt.has spent untold billions and more fighting the so called war on drugs.
As we all know herion,cocain and pot are federally banned substances.

Yet in spite of all the laws that ban these dangerous drugs we continue to see an increase of their use and the crime and violence they bring with them.
Is there any reason to believe a ban on certain weapons will be any more successful than the war on drugs has been ?

Anytime the fed.govt.bans something that people want and are willing to pay for a black market is created bringing more violent crime .
A lesson that should have been learned from prohibition.

A federal ban on certain types of weapons is exactly what the violent criminal element would like to see.
It's a golden opportunity for some to make a huge fortune while harming the law abiding citizens of this country..

Strong and consistant enforcment of the gun laws already on the books is the best place to start to reduce gun violence.
Vastly improved mental health services is another path that should be taken to help curb the problem.

You can bet that members of congress and the hollywood phonies will be well protected by armed body guards carrying the same weapons some want to attempt to ban the law abiding American citizen from owning.

Most all agree gun violence is a terrible problem in our country.
But cities with the most restrictive gun laws in the country like Chicago,N.Y.,L.A. and Washington D.C. have the highest murder by gun rates in the country in spite of the law.

A Knee jerk reaction creating new feel good laws and regulations is not the answer !!!

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4Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Why did he waste his time and our tax money. Timmy is going to vote with Obama and Pelosi. He hasn't had an individual thought in his head for quite some time. His voting record mirrors Pelosi's So any thought in the above article are probably the thoughts of Pelosi not Timmy

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5DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Exactly right YTN. This leopard will not change his spots. It looks good to meet with the other side, but you can bet your bottom dollar that he will go all in with MAObama, pelosi and reid.

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