A Republican state lawmaker is in “crisis mode” after a lengthy Facebook post on her page has gone viral.
According to a statement sent through text message, Ohio State Rep. Candice Keller said Monday she has been advised to stay at home by the Ohio House’s security team because she has received threats, both in Columbus and at her Middletown home.
The threats come after a controversial Facebook post from Keller, in which she blamed recent mass shootings on gay marriage, recreational marijuana, “drag queen advocates,” and even former President Barack Obama.
In the post, Keller complained about liberals playing the “blame game” after every shooting and asked why not place the blame where it belongs.
Keller placed the blame for mass shootings on “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).”
The post went on to blame others, including the Democrats in Congress, and other lawmakers who don’t value the Second Amendment.
Police say suspected gunman Connor Betts, 24, allegedly killed nine people and wounded dozens of others just after 1 a.m. Sunday outside a Dayton establishment.
“This should not be about politics. We should come together as a community for moving together, grieving together, healing together,” said Hamilton Vice Mayor Michael V. Ryan.
Butler County Republican Party Chairman Todd Hall agreed that “this is the time for prayer and reflection.”
“Some want to politicize these events, and I cannot condone such comment and behavior,” he said.