For Immediate Release
Rep. Boccieri Focuses Aim on NRA 'Virtual Shootout' Rather Than Real Ohio Shootings
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John Boccieri (OH-16) held a Washington, DC, fundraiser
last night, hosted by the National Rifle Association, billed as a
See Rep. Boccieri's flyer here: http://www.bradycampaign.org//xshare/pdf/boccieri_flyer.pdf
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."
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.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its legislative and grassroots affiliate, the Brady Campaign and its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence.
We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.