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Ohio Politicians Ignore Student Journalists on Gun Debate

Students at Kent State University asked local politicians for their thoughts on the national gun debate

It seems many local Ohio politicans have little interest informing their constituents about their stance on gun control policies.

Journalism students at Kent State University recently asked 16 Ohio politicians — every member of Ohio's Congressional House delegation — for a simple "yes" or "no" response to four questions about gun policies.

Only one, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, responded to all four questions.

Others, like Congressman Tim Ryan, issued statements in response to the query but did not respond directly to the questions, which were:

  1. Should the U.S. ban the sale of assault weapons?
  2. Should the U.S. ban the sale of magazines that hold 10 or more rounds?
  3. Should the U.S. close the gun show loophole?
  4. Should the U.S. allow the Centers for Disease Control to conduct gun-related research?

Click here to see how your Congressional House representative reacted to the questions.

Karl Idsvoog, the Kent State professor whose class quizzed the Ohio members of Congress, said the students were not surprised that so few responded.

"What are the implications for democracy, when even student journalists asking simple, basic questions on an important issue do not expect their elected officials to be responsive?" Idsvoog said.

Aaron February 05, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Maybe they have more important things to worry about than hurting your feelings by not answering questions for the kent school paper....questions which aren't easy to answer with a one word response anyway
Marty Flyne February 05, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Ha! I am absolutely fine with a elected official giving an answer that I do not agree with. But not having anything to say at all..... not acceptable. I would expect our representatives to be prepared to speak on current events, even if that person is only student (which should give them more of a reason...).
Jeff Mittiga February 05, 2013 at 11:42 PM
The representatives that did not respond are probably waiting for their instructions on how to vote ..... from their party leadership or campaign contributors/lobbyists. If these members of congress were going to vote their conscience and do the right thing, they would be able to respond to these 4 simple questions.
David Badagnani February 06, 2013 at 05:19 AM
How wonderful that one of the 16 responded!

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