Hit by verbal shots for three straight months, Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman mounted a strong defense today against the anti-gun lobby, citing facts and statistics to counter what he and others portray as feel-good but meaningless gun-control rhetoric.
This comes as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, holds a rally today in Columbus, and another tomorrow in Akron. The Columbus rally features the sister of a victim of the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults last December; Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and other local elected officials; religious leaders, and gun violence prevention advocates. It is part of the “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence,” a 25-state bus tour to urge America’s leaders to support “common-sense gun policies.”
Portman has been criticized nonstop by the mayors’ group since he voted in April against a proposed law that could have made it harder to buy guns on the Internet and from private sellers at gun shows, where licensed gun dealers are already regulated. The first-term Republican senator said the law could have made it harder for law-abiding sportsmen to lend and borrow guns for hunting.