Tim Ryan to lead 'caravan' of gun-control activists from Ohio to Kentucky rally directed at McConnell
A “caravan” of gun control activists will march on Friday through Ohio to Kentucky, led by Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMinnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Congress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left MORE (D-Ohio) in an effort to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) to allow Senate votes on House-passed gun control legislation, Ryan announced Thursday.
“It’s been 150+ days since the House passed 2 comprehensive gun reform bills & Mitch McConnell still has done nothing. That’s unacceptable,” tweeted Ryan, a 2020 presidential candidate.
It’s been 150+ days since the House passed 2 comprehensive gun reform bills & Mitch McConnell still has done nothing. That’s unacceptable.
Tomorrow, I’ll be leading a caravan through OH to our rally in KY to demand action from Sen. McConnell. Join us in one of our stops below:
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) August 8, 2019
Democrats have called on McConnell to bring the Senate back from recess for a special session to vote on a universal background check bill that passed the Democratic-controlled House in February.
ADVERTISEMENTRyan’s rally follows the weekend’s two mass shootings, including one in his home state.
A Sunday shooting in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people one day after a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 dead.
“These cities are all so similar. Same challenges. Same struggles. Same pride in their communities future. And so to have a tragedy like this is devastating,” Ryan said in a text message interview with BuzzFeed News.
“But then the response is so powerful. The connection of the community comes to the forefront,” he said, adding that he’s “more inspired than ever to make change.”
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Ryan’s rally will make five stops in Ohio: Niles, Cuyahoga Falls, Westerville, Dayton and Cincinnati. It will conclude in Louisville, Ky., at a city plaza adjacent to the Muhammad Ali Center.
McConnell is recovering at home in Louisville after fracturing his shoulder tripping on his patio, his office said Sunday.