Gov. Kasich was a guest on CNN's "State of the Union" and ABC's
"This Week" over the weekend.
Unity, Gov. Kasich was a guest
on CNN's "State of the Union" and ABC's "This Week" over the
weekend. Watch the clips below:
The Future of the GOP
Finding Common Ground on Guns
CNN: State of the Union (here)
ABC: This Week (here)
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Gov. Kasich also authored a new
op-ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about finding common ground
while protecting the 2nd Amendment.
Plain Dealer: Let's Commit to
Finding Common Ground on Guns
At a time when the American
people are more noisily divided that ever before on a polarizing
array of issues and causes, none of those issues is more divisive
- or crying more for solutions - than the question of guns.
Every one of us, gun owners and
control advocates alike, is horrified by the toll of gun violence
in America, whether it's mass shootings in churches and concert
halls or the mindless, one-on-one violence in our neighborhoods.
As a nation, these tragedies have
united us in shock and mourning, yet the first talk of solutions
tears us apart. No one among us is willing to put aside our
rock-ribbed, preloaded position on guns in order to sit down and
find the common ground for solutions.
But such things can happen. I
know that from past experience with 18 years in Congress and now
in state government. Over those years, I've seen a number of
seemingly unsolvable questions resolved by men and women of good
will who were committed to respectfully hearing both sides of the
debate. They admitted their differences, but focused instead on
discovering those more narrow areas where both sides agreed.
Narrow areas soon widened into common ground, and common ground
became bridges that blossomed into workable and enduring
I saw that happen in Washington,
D.C., when, in 1996, we worked our way through the challenge of
welfare reform and, in 1997, when we finally balanced the federal
budget. Talk about divisive! Debating welfare reform in Congress,
we had to sort through a mix of strong views on both sides,
including those who felt it was a heartless act that would only
serve to increase poverty. And when we balanced the budget, many
felt that it couldn't be done, wouldn't be done or shouldn't be
done. But in both cases, the common ground prevailed.
More recently in Ohio, we got to
work to strengthen community and police relations in the wake of
some tragic and potentially explosive incidents, including the
fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. We brought together a
diverse group of Ohioans from law enforcement, community leaders
and our neighborhoods - people with very different, but sincerely
held opinions. Through frank and respectful discussion, they
made recommendations for ways we could strengthen the bond
between our communities and the police who serve them. It was not
a time for anyone to play politics if we were to get it right.
Our effort was led by former
state Sen. Nina Turner - a leading voice in the African-American
community and Democratic Party whose son is a police officer -
and John Born, the director of our state Department of Public
This group held public meetings
across the state to listen to people's concerns, and actively
looked for ways that Ohio could start driving real cultural
change. The result was unanimous agreement on a wide range of new
ideas that have been put into action in our state.
Our present dilemma with guns
calls for a similar approach. That means bringing together
reasonable people on both sides of the issue - and those in
between - to sit down and find that perhaps elusive common ground
that will finally provide a pathway to solutions. It means
retaining our respect for Second Amendment rights while finding
reasonable, common-sense and constitutional ways to reduce the
terrible toll of violence.
Read the original op-ed here.
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