The attorney general of Ohio clapped back at a state lawmaker on Monday after the representative wrote on Facebook that marijuana legalization was at least partly to blame for recent mass shootings.

In the wake of back-to-back shootings that left 20 people dead in El Paso, Texas, nine dead in Dayton, Ohio and scores more injured, Rep. Candice Keller (R) wrote a list of factors behind the deadly incidents—including “acceptance of recreational marijuana,” same-sex marriage and violent video games.

“After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game,” she wrote. “Why not place the blame where it belongs?”

Her post, which has since been made private, was soundly rebuked by the state’s top cop.

“No, m’am. The blame belongs to the evil man who killed those people,” Attorney General Dave Yost (R) wrote on Monday.

An Ohio county sheriff and a local city councilman also condemned Keller’s post.

“Shame shame shame Candice Keller,” Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones wrote.

While it’s not entirely uncommon for politicians to take questionable pot shots at policies they oppose in the aftermath of tragedy (e.g. blaming hurricanes and other natural disasters on same-sex marriage), Keller’s take on the relationship between adult-use cannabis legalization and mass shootings is all the more confounding given that marijuana is not legal in either state that experienced shootings over the weekend.

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