Curbing Crimes Of Violence in Ohio

While crime in general has been on the decline in Ohio for some time, offenses involving firearms have been trending upward during the past few years. Much of that can be traced to the epidemic of illegal drugs in many communities, we suspect.

Ohio state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, thinks more needs to be done to deter gun crimes and to keep violent felons locked up. He has introduced a bill that would call for a mandatory 10-year prison term for anyone who uses a gun while committing a felony.

No doubt many legislators will be concerned about the proposal. One worry will be where to imprison those convicted under the proposal.

But Cera is right. By definition, those who use firearms to commit crimes are enormous threats to the public. Deterring them by the threat of stiffer prison sentences – and keeping those not deterred locked away from society – is important.

Cera’s bill would, if enacted, make Ohio safer. His fellow legislators should recognize that and approve the measure.