LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Thursday, the President called on Congress to pass stricter gun laws. He also called on Americans to make their voices heard. Appearing in the east room of the White House surrounded by moms who lost children to gun violence, Barack Obama warned Congress not to get “squishy” on the push to limit ammunition clips and expand background checks.
Dozens in Kentuckiana joined the national fight for gun laws, rallying on the steps of the courthouse as part of a national Day of Action. The crowd was calling for very specific regulations to reduce gun violence, including universal background checks.
In the days after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., cries for stricter gun control grew stronger and more insistent. With the faces of those murdered children in the back of her mind, Connie Coartney joined the Louisville branch of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group was formed by an Indianapolis mom shortly after the Newtown tragedy.
“I have a first grader, I have four children,” Coartney said. “The events at Sandy Hook just shook me to the core.”
Coartney joined a crowd of others on the steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse calling for, what they call common sense gun laws. They were surrounded by shoes and toys representing the 100 children that have been shot and killed since the Sandy Hook shootings. Congressman John Yarmuth lent his political power to the gathering.
“This is the only thing that ultimately changes the law, that changes policy. It’s group mobilization, it’s public outcry for action,” he explained.
On the heels of his 13-hour old-fashioned filibuster that captured the nation’s attention, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he’s got a new one planned to stop gun control legislation from advancing in the senate.
Yarmuth said the rally was something of a warning, saying, “So that politicians who get in the way of action know that they’ll pay a political price.”
Rand Paul will be joined in his potential filibuster by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. This time around, they’ve indicated that it will be a silent filibuster. But, they also say they’ll use “any procedural means necessary” to block gun control legislation.