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June 29, 2009

After talking with many gun enthusiasts at the Ohio Trapshooting Association’s State
Shoot in Morrow County on Friday, I wanted to get a message out to those with whom I
haven’t yet spoken to clear up some of the misconceptions about my stance on the right of
citizens to bear arms. I would like to take this opportunity to put an end to the speculation,
and tell you precisely where I stand on this issue.



I am a gun owner.



I support the second amendment.



Based on my experience, I know that passing all these laws against guns isn't going
to rid our nation of violence and crime.

Regarding the assault weapons ban, State Representative and gun rights activist Ron Maag
rightly pointed out last week that during a 2005 nationally televised interview about gang
violence, I stated, “banning all these guns and passing all these laws isn’t going to fix
[violent crime].” Additionally, during that same interview, I noted that guns are not the
problem – it’s the bad people who abuse guns. The facts bear this out: FBI statistics show
that violent crime rates started to go down three years before the assault weapon ban was
put in place, and violent crime rates are lower now than before the ban was lifted.

My driving mission in entering this race for Governor is to create jobs, restore economic
vitality, and put an end to a decade of failed leadership in Ohio. I want to create a business
environment that rewards investment, increases wages and keeps our precious jobs and
brightest minds from fleeing to other states in search of economic opportunity.

Having said that, I know that the right of our citizens to keep and bear arms is a
fundamental part of the freedoms afforded by our Constitution. It is bad policy for the
government to infringe on the constitutional rights of gun owners. Instead of more
regulation, our focus needs to be on personal responsibility and holding people accountable
for their actions.

So, as I work to pull Ohio's economy out of the ditch and make our state a model for
growth and prosperity, know that I will stand with you, and protect your second
amendment rights.

John R. Kasich
Candidate for Ohio Governor
www.KasichForOhio.com

Paid for by Kasich for Ohio | Bradley K. Sinnott, Treasurer | 260 North Cassady Ave. | Columbus, OH 43209
 

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Although Ted Strickland has been endorsed by the NRA simply because he himself has never voted for any anti-gun legislation, I would like to point out who he has surrounded himself with and supports on the Democrat ticket.

Richard Cordray, candidate for Ohio Attorney General, argued for the Brady Bill in the U. S. Supreme Court.

"I never met a gun control bill I didn't like."
Lee Fisher, Strickland's current Lt. Gov. and candidate for U.S. Senate,
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/30/10

"Lee Fisher is one of Ohio's great leaders. He's a man of deep integrity and keen judgment."
Ted Strickland as quoted on the Fisher for Ohio Campaign website.

"The governor and I do not agree completely on his stand on guns."
Yvette McGee Brown, Strickland's running mate for Lt. Gov.,
The Columbus Dispatch, 1/20/10

"Throughout her life, Yvette has answered the call of public service. I am grateful she has done so once again."
Ted Strickland, The Columbus Government Examiner, 1/19/10

Eric Fingerhut - former president of The Handgun Control Federation of Ohio;
former Ohio Senator who led the fight against Concealed Carry.
Appointed Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor by Ted Strickland

"I trust Eric hugely to carry out the goals we have jointly established."
Ted Strickland, The Columbus Dispatch, 3/6/08

And finally,
"I'm consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing Concealed Carry."
Barack Obama, The Chicago Tribune, 4/27/04

"If you are a hunter or a gun owner, you have nothing to fear from Barack Obama."
Ted Strickland, The Columbus Dispatch, 10/10/08

The company you keep says a lot about who you REALLY are.

Vote for John Kasich!

Doug Gormley
 

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I saw Kasich speak at a Republican fundraising dinner last year in Findlay and I hate to say I was not impressed. He did not seem to have much of a personality or outstanding public speaking skills. He seemed more like a typical politician spouting the typical Republican talkingpoints.

Don't get me wrong he will get my vote but I am ready for true conservatives at all levels of government, this guy is not it.
 

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Rick,

Don't think that will happen, but I will point out that Jack Fishburn is a HUGE supporter of John Kasich.

I agree with you BrowningPotato. I've heard Kasich speak twice. One time he was not as energetic and enthusiastic as I would have expected. The other time, at this year's Republican State Dinner, he was really "on" and espoused the truly conservative principles you and I are both looking for.

I also met him personally on another occasion and he was most personable, gracious, and likeable.

There is no perfect candidate, but he beats the opposition alternative by far.

Doug Gormley
 

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A vote for Strickland is a vote for Obama in 2012. Why do you think Barry has been here 11 times? Have you had enough yet?

Ted, Beavercreek, Ohio
 

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I've met him several times here in Westerville, Oh. Very pro small business.

He's not your dapper dan. Usually in casual attire, much as Doug described.

Talked with him years ago when he was still in Washington and he said working with the Dems. was like running your car into a brick wall.



Regards....Gerald
 

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Democrat candidate for Lt. Governor, Yvette McGee Brown, Strickland's running mate, is an "F" rating by the NRA (source: November, 2010 American Rifleman, an NRA publication; an "F" rating is a "true enemy of gun owner's rights".) versus Kasich's running mate, Mary Taylor is an "A" rating. Contrary to a Strickland commercial, KASICH IS A "B" RATING as stated in the American Rifleman magazine (November, 2010) for OHIO voters. Who would you want only being a heartbeat away from Governor??? BT-100dc
 

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Do you think obama, biden, and clinton have been campaigning for strickland because of NRA endorsement? Strickland is a Socialist Progressive Democrat (not your daddy's democrat), and an soros/obama puppet.

Ted Ingraham - Beavercreek, Ohio
 
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