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ICYMI: Rep. Crossman delivers impassioned speech against dangerous Shoot First legislation

Say shoot first mentality threatens Black lives and makes us all less safe
December 18, 2020
Jeffrey A. Crossman News

Late Thursday, House Democrats delivered impassioned floor speeches against a last-minute, unvetted amendment to House Bill 175, Shoot First legislation that would permit the use of deadly force by individuals who believe their lives are endangered in any space, something Democrats say goes too far, and would threaten Black lives and make all Ohioans less safe. Then, in a move to silence more Democratic opposition, Republicans employed a rarely used parliamentary procedure to prematurely end debate, and voted to ram the bill through along party lines.

"All of the evidence points to the fact that this type of legislation incentivizes violence… This is not the legislation that the people of Ohio called for when they shouted for us to 'do something' after last year's shooting in Dayton," said Rep. Jeffrey A Crossman (D-Parma). Watch his entire floor speech.