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
"Virtual Shootout."

See Rep. Boccieri's flyer here:

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.
  • 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.

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