A Republican state representative in Ohio wrote a lengthy Facebook post in the aftermath of the Dayton, Ohio, mass shooting where she blamed the incident and other shootings on “the breakdown of the traditional American family” through gay marriage, transgender people and “drag queen advocates.”
State Rep. Candice Keller, who later deleted the post, also blamed violent video games, “fatherlessness,” recreational marijuana use and “open borders.”
She did not blame ready access to firearms, something many link to the string of mass shootings in the United States, and instead said people are too quick to blame the Second Amendment.
Screenshots of her post were already being widely circulated on social media, according to the Dayton Daily News, despite the deletion of the post on her private Facebook page.
The post from Keller, who represents a district near Dayton, states that after every mass shooting, liberals want to start a blame game.
“Why not place the blame where it belongs,” she then wrote. “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; the relaxing of laws against criminals(open borders); the acceptance of recreational marijuana; failed school policies (hello, parents who defend misbehaving students): disrespect to law enforcement (thank you, Obama), hatred of our veterans (thank you professional athletes who hate our flag and National Anthem); the Dem Congress; many members whom are openly anti-Semitic; the culture, which totally ignores the importance of God and the church (until they elect a president); state officeholders, who have no interest whatsoever in learning about out Constitution and the Second Amendment; and snowflakes, who can’t respect a duly-elected President.”
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“Did I forget anybody,” the post concludes. “The list is long. And the fury will continue.”
When contacted by the news outlet Sunday, Keller confirmed she posted something to her private Facebook page.
Keller lamented the fact that following mass shootings, people blame the Second Amendment.
“There needs to be a time for healing before we lash out at the Constitution and one another,” she said.
She called the shooting in Dayton, which took place over the weekend and claimed nine lives, tragic, stunning and alarming.
The Hill has reached out to Keller for comment.