Group petitions McConnell for 'sensible' gun reforms

05/06/2013 02:22 PM

Two groups on Monday hand delivered 1,200 signatures on a petition to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Louisville office, urging McConnell and Congress to support “sensible gun reforms,” including expanding background checks on gun sales.

Thirty members of Moms Demand Action and the liberal group Progressive Change Campaign Committee rallied in front of McConnell’s office in downtown Louisville asking the five-term incumbent to re-think his position on background checks.

The petitions to McConnell say in part:

“It’s unacceptable for Congress to do nothing to stop gun killings. Any meaningful reform must include background checks for gun purchases. Fight the gun industry and pass meaningful gun reform.”

Rev. Laurie Kraus, the disaster coordinator for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, said she has moved from responding to natural disasters like hurricanes and floods to the “more difficult and painful work of responding to churches and universities and communities who have been afflicted by mass gun violence.”

“The effects of those violent acts on the integrity of those communities is profound, and this small step. This small sane step — which is supported by the majority of people in the United States, by the majority of Kentuckians, by the majority of NRA members nationally and by the majority of gun owners — is one small step we can take to begin mitigate the effects of this violent culture on the well being of our communities,” Kraus said.

Kentucky has made national headlines in the last few days in the wake of an accidental shooting in Burkesville, in southern Kentucky.

A five-year old boy shot and killed his two-year old sister, Caroline Sparks, with a .22 caliber rifle made for children.

Dr. Rick Cales said he was working at Cumberland County hospital when Sparks was brought into the hospital, and he said something needs to be done.

A spokesperson for McConnell sent a brief statement to Pure Politics about Monday Rally which reads:

“President Obama’s allies have been attacking Sen. McConnell on this issue for months, but his support for Kentuckians’ Second Amendment rights will not waver.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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