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Rep. Boccieri Focuses Aim on NRA 'Virtual Shootout' Rather Than Real Ohio Shootings
WASHINGTON - December 3 - U.S. Rep. John Boccieri (OH-16) held a Washington, DC, fundraiser last night, hosted by the National Rifle Association, billed as a "Virtual Shootout."
See Rep. Boccieri's flyer here: http://www.bradycampaign.org//xshare/pdf/boccieri_flyer.pdf
Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said, "It is sad that Rep. Boccieri finds it necessary to hold a 'Virtual Shootout' to raise campaign dollars at the NRA while Ohioans in and around his district fall victim to real shootouts on a regular basis."
Toby Hoover, Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence agreed, saying, "It's bad enough that Rep. Boccieri is kowtowing to the NRA in the first place. One would think he would have the decency to take Ohio's victims of gun violence into account before having an NRA-hosted fundraiser called a 'Virtual Shootout.'"
In just the past few months, dangerous people in and around Rep. Boccieri's Congressional District have been implicated in too many real shootouts:
- John Butler has been charged with shooting Arthur Breault twice in the stomach and once in the head the day before Thanksgiving. Butler was initially held in the Ashland County Jail, located in Rep. Boccieri's district.
- Dominick Conley has been charged with shooting a police officer and her K-9 partner in August. Conley was reportedly captured in his native Canton, OH, by Canton police and the FBI. Canton is located in Rep. Boccieri's district.
- Bryan Mobley has been indicted for shooting and killing his wife in June, with a 9mm handgun reportedly purchased at a gun store in Ashland, OH, inside Rep. Boccieri's district.
- Cliff E. Hill Jr. has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for shooting Ashland County resident John Stone during a March home invasion. The eastern half of Ashland County is in Rep. Boccieri's district, as is the Ashland Samaritan Hospital where Stone was reportedly treated.