A sensational video of former Attorney General Richard Cordray being cheered and hailed at a rally of openly gun-toting NRA members on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse has surfaced after almost eight years of virtual obscurity.
The video clearly shows individuals carrying sidearms, long guns, and what appear to be military-style assault weapons. It also shows a demonstrator unfurling a large flag emblazoned with an assault weapon, steps away from where Cordray was speaking. The video, which has been viewed fewer than 800 times in the past eight years, also shows an array of extreme, inflammatory political signs, bumper stickers, and other paraphernalia, much of it attacking former President Barack Obama. Cordray is now a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in Ohio.
The rally, which took place on April 10, 2010, was made possible by actions attorney general Cordray took to reduce insurance requirements for the event by almost half a million dollars, reduce police presence, and impose on relevant state agencies to facilitate the gathering, according to gun-event organizers.
Cordray used the event to provide the crowd with a litany of pro-NRA decisions and actions he had taken in office, including going to the Ohio Supreme Court to strike down Cleveland’s ban on assault weapons, siding the NRA before the U.S. Supreme Court to limit gun control laws in Chicago and other cities all across the country, and easing the requirements for concealed carry permits in Ohio.
“What’s most shocking about this,” said former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, “is that even after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida, perpetrated with with an assault weapon, Cordray continues to oppose a ban on such weapons of war in our communities.”
“What is wrong with him?” Kucinich asked.
Kucinich, also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, is campaigning for a statewide ban on military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines.