Kasich says changes needed to prevent more mass shootings
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Ohio Governor John Kasich knows the solution isn't simple, but feels things need to change in a "new age of what we have to guard against," after the Orlando night club shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53 more.
Kasich addressed the massacre the media at his mid-biennium -- halfway point of his two-year budget -- in Delaware.
He doesn't blame anyone specifically for the events that allowed 29-year-old Omar Mateen to purchase automatic weapons to conduct the mass murder early Sunday morning, but called into question how he was able to gain access to those arms after he was twice under the FBI's watch and had threatened his co-workers.
"We're going to have to put ourselves in a position where when we see things like that. We're going to have to be more positive in terms of the actions we take," said Kasich.
He went onto elaborate the idea of banning assault rifles or preventing people on terror watch lists isn't necessarily the answer either, because the goal of investigators monitoring the activities of people under surveillance is to follow the movement up the chain. Putting a red flag at gun shop for instance would alert the individual that something wasn't right and would lead to them going underground, Kasich said.
"Coming up with a little plan right now isn't the way to do it. You have to get everybody in the room and what's a reasonable way to proceed."
By everyone, Kasich means the issue is a federal concern that needs to be agreed and understood uniformly, instead individually by each state.
With the Republican National Convention scheduled to take place in five weeks in Cleveland, Kasich recognizes that national platform as another potential target.
"There are people who would like to disrupt that convention. I would hope nothing along these lines," he said.
In response to Donald Trump's remarks about implementing a Muslim ban to prevent possible terrorists from entering the country, Kasich reiterated he's never been in favor preventing people from entering the country based on their religious beliefs.
"I don't think we should have a religious ban, whether it's on Hindus, Muslims, Catholics, or anybody else."
Along with addressing the concerns of the fallout from the Orlando shooting and expressing condolences to all the victims, Kasich all discussed his emotional loss of his close friend and fellow Ohio Governor George Voinovich.