United States lawmaker blames gay and transgender people for mass shootings

Cheryl Sanders
August 6, 2019

She released a statement to WBNS in Columbus.

State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, posted a rant to Facebook on Sunday in response to the mass shooting in Dayton's Oregon District in which ten were killed, including the gunman, and 27 were injured, WXIX reported.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, also a Republican, has called for Keller's resignation, stating that she "doesn't represent the party", the Journal-News reported.

But 60-year-old Keller's screed went too far even for Republicans, who have been widely criticised for remaining loyal to Trump and failing to confront white nationalism in the wake of the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Texas, that together left 31 people dead.

A conservative Republican state lawmaker from OH has come under fire after posting a message on Facebook blaming mass shootings in America on, among a long list of things, "drag queen advocates, ' 'homosexual marriage, ' 'fatherlessness" and even former President Barack Obama.

In the wake of another two mass shootings in the U.S., which saw 29 people killed and over 50 injured, a politician in OH has blamed gay marriage and transgender people as some of the causes.

"The breakdown of the traditional American family (thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games", Keller wrote in the post. Continuing down her list of 12-item blame list was former President Barack Obama for "disrespect to our law enforcement" and professional athletes who "hate our flag and National Anthem" for creating hatred for our veterans.

She also slammed local lawmakers who she says have "no interest whatsoever" in learning about the Constitution, especially the Second Amendment, as well as "snowflakes who can't accept a duly elected President", according to the post.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost reposted Keller's message on Twitter, adding that "the blame belongs to the evil man who killed those people".

Even fellow Republicans appeared to be taken aback by Keller's comments, with Butler County Republican Party chairman Todd Hall saying: "Some want to politicise these events, and I can not condone such comments and behaviour".

Keller, who did return Fox News' request for comment, is running for the Ohio Senate in Butler County in 2020 against two fellow Republicans.

Keller, who is the executive director of a crisis pregnancy centre, was elected in 2016 and is no stranger to controversy.

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