Crowd Drowns Out Ohio Governor’s Comments After Shooting: ‘Do Something!’

Governor Mike DeWine. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
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August 5, 2019 8:55 a.m.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) hadn’t gotten very far into his remarks on the heels of a Sunday mass shooting in Dayton before an audience member started a chant that quickly rippled through the crowd: “do something!”

Per the Washington Post, DeWine tried to continue his speech in fits and starts.

“We are here tonight because we know . . . We know that we cannot . . . We know that we cannot ease the pain of those families who have lost someone,” he said. “We also know that we want to do something.”

The chants grew to such a pitch that the Governor’s voice sank under the yelling.

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“We are tired of vigils!” some shouted. “What do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!” others chanted.

Captured by an NBC News anchor:

Dayton Mayer Nan Whaley (D) tried to calm the crowd.

“I love you all, but this is a vigil tonight,” Whaley said. “This is a vigil for the people we have lost. There will be time to take action, but let us come together as a community as we work to heal. We are here to heal tonight.”

Nine people were killed in the shooting. The massacre came on the heels of a mass shooting in El Paso less than 24 hours earlier that left 20 people dead.

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