Skip to main content

John Kasich's Best Idea to Stop School Shootings is a Failure and a Retread

John Kasich's Best Idea to Stop School Shootings is a Failure and a Retread

"I'm not gonna f#$! with your guns!"

That is what John Kasich (R) pulled me aside to tell me back on April 13, 2009. We had just finished a 15-20 minute roundtable discussion on the subject of Kasich's record on gun rights. The former congressman-turned Fox News analyst had been traversing the state, seeking to secure support in his first bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, in an effort to unseat then-Governor Ted Strickland (D).

The meeting, about which I have never written previously, was comprised of less than ten people, included Kasich, myself and a fellow pro-gun rights advocate, the mayor of a northwest Ohio town, several county Republican central committee members, a county prosecutor, and two members of Kasich's staff.

While the specific purpose of the meeting was to address concerns from the gun rights community about Kasich's record of support for gun control while a congressman, my sense was that Kasich expected a rather friendly audience.


After the group had exchanged pleasantries, Kasich got the conversation started. He explained that he was aware of concerns among the gun rights community due to his congressional record. He said he voted for the 1994 Clinton "assault weapons" ban because he didn't see it as an infringement on the Second Amendment. If he had, he claimed, he'd never have voted for it. Since then, he told the group, he had come to realize it was useless. If he had it to do over again, he assured us, he wouldn't have voted for it.


While this meeting wasn't recorded, Kasich WAS recorded saying something very similar when Buckeye Firearms Association Leader Joe Eaton got to ask him a similar question about his support for the Clinton Gun Ban at a Voice of America TEA Party rally later that year.

Having spent the better part of the last two decades fighting Republicans over the gun issue, gun owners were naturally hesitant about supporting a guy who was a leader in crafting the 1994 Clinton "assault weapons" ban.

It was very clear to me in our meeting, as it is in the above video, that he didn't appreciate the suggestion that he would do anything other than say what he means and mean what he says.

I went on to question him on his level of support for other specific gun rights issues being debated at the time (all of which he said he supported "in concept"), and Kasich concluded the meeting by saying that if he was elected he would need our help. I and the other attendees thanked him for his time. I stayed behind to talk to the others as he left the room.


After 30 seconds or so I hear, "Chad! Chad!" It was one of Kasich's staffers. I was pulled into the other room, where Kasich was waiting. He pulled me aside in a corner, looked me in the eye, and said, "Look, this is between you and me. I'm not going to f#$! with your guns. Why the hell would I do that?"

I advised him that he needed to do more than have a few private meetings about this if he wanted to get the word out, and that I was looking forward to continuing our dialogue.

Dialogue with his campaign did continue throughout that primary season and into the general election campaign. But as long-time readers of this website will recall, Buckeye Firearms Association's political action committee (BFA-PAC) eventually endorsed Ted Strickland for reelection. The decision, made solely on the two candidates' records on Second Amendment issues, brought no small amount of criticism from Republicans.


Kasich won a narrow victory. It's been nearly 8 years since then, and he and Republican legislators have only passed a handful of pro-gun bills - hardly an impressive record.

Which brings us to today.

After having assured me personally, and gun owners many times publicly, that he would protect our Second Amendment rights, John Kasich has now reverted to his 1994 self.

Last November, it was a call on national television for a ban on bump stocks, and a call for common-sense gun control in a Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial. This week, it's a call on CNN to restore a ban he admitted in 2009 didn't work, and a move to scrub his website's Second Amendment page.

When the best he has to offer on the scourge of school shootings is a decades-old failed idea, the proof is here for all to see.

The John Kasich of 1994 is the John Kasich of 2018 and the future - a flip-flopping, flop-flipping politician whose instincts are to blame the object and to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners, rather than to focus on the mental health, cultural and even national security issues that are really at play.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

Buckeye Firearms Association is a grassroots organization dedicated to defending and advancing the right of citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense, hunting, competition, and recreation.

Buckeye Firearms Association, PO Box 357, Greenville, OH 45331

www.BuckeyeFirearms.org

 
 

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Hornady Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF

Hornady Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF

The Hornady Kestrel 5700 combines complete onsite environmental measurements with Hornady 4DOF trajectory solutions.

Shooting the 20mm Lahti

Shooting the 20mm Lahti

David Fortier had the chance to fire the Lahti L-39 while filming the 2018 season of Guns&AmmoTV while on location at DriveTanks.com.

Firearms News Reviews the S&W M&P 2.0 9mm Compact Pistol

Firearms News Reviews the S&W M&P 2.0 9mm Compact Pistol

Firearms News editor Vince DeNiro runs the Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 9mm compact pistol through a self-defense drill.

3 Ring Silencers

3 Ring Silencers

Patrick Sweeney heads to the range to look at suppressors from 3 Ring Silencer Corporation.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The Masada is IWI's first striker-fired pistol and is an accurate, good looking polymer handgun that has a great trigger.IWI Masada Pistol Review Handguns

IWI Masada Pistol Review

Bob Taubert - August 19, 2020

The Masada is IWI's first striker-fired pistol and is an accurate, good looking polymer...

Developed to replace the venerable AK-74, the Blow-Back Shifted Pulse AN-94 Nikonov is a fascinating hyper-burst design which faded away after the death of its designer.Russian 5.45x39mm AN-94 Nikonov Review Rifles

Russian 5.45x39mm AN-94 Nikonov Review

David M. Fortier - August 14, 2020

Developed to replace the venerable AK-74, the Blow-Back Shifted Pulse AN-94 Nikonov is a...

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is “subject to the jurisdiction of Texas courts” in a First Amendment case brought by Defense Distributed, a Texas-based firm, and the Second Amendment Foundation.SAF, Defense Distributed Win Court Victory in 3D Gun Case 2nd Amendment

SAF, Defense Distributed Win Court Victory in 3D Gun Case

Second Amendment Foundation - August 22, 2020

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that New Jersey Attorney General...

First fielded during World War I, the Browning Automatic Rifle or BAR went on to serve through World War II, Korea and into Vietnam.Inside Story on the .30-caliber BAR Historical

Inside Story on the .30-caliber BAR

Samantha Knight - August 15, 2020

First fielded during World War I, the Browning Automatic Rifle or BAR went on to serve through...

See More Trending Articles

More 2nd Amendment

Weeks after a three-judge panel declared California's ban on gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds unconstitutional, a different three-judge panel has deemed a similar ban in New Jersey to be permitted under the 2nd Amendment.Bandemonium in the 3rd Circuit: No Mags Over 10 Rounds 2nd Amendment

Bandemonium in the 3rd Circuit: No Mags Over 10 Rounds

Mark Chesnut - September 04, 2020

Weeks after a three-judge panel declared California's ban on gun magazines holding more than...

His talk about AR-15 confiscation is overruled by new “character, suitability and ‘any other' ” requirements for gun ownership; Second Amendment would be optional.Biden Plans 'Psych' Test for Gun Ownership 2nd Amendment

Biden Plans 'Psych' Test for Gun Ownership

JPFO - September 12, 2020

His talk about AR-15 confiscation is overruled by new “character, suitability and ‘any other'...

With record gun sales occurring nearly every month during pandemic-addled, riot-torn 2020, it's interesting to see what states have had the most gun sales so far during this tumultuous year. Are you really doing your part, or is your state falling woefully short?Is Your State Among the Top-5 Gun Buyers In 2020? 2nd Amendment

Is Your State Among the Top-5 Gun Buyers In 2020?

Mark Chesnut - September 01, 2020

With record gun sales occurring nearly every month during pandemic-addled, riot-torn 2020,...

At this writing, President Trump is preparing to announce a Supreme Court nomination to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Any Trump SCOTUS Pick Should Not Have Argued Against Second Amendment 2nd Amendment

Any Trump SCOTUS Pick Should Not Have Argued Against Second Amendment

David Codrea - September 24, 2020

At this writing, President Trump is preparing to announce a Supreme Court nomination to...

See More 2nd Amendment

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE Arrow

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Firearms News subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now