gun control http://wfpl.org en Congressman John Yarmuth Scolds Lawmakers for Lack of Gun Control Since Newtown Massacre http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-scolds-lawmakers-lack-gun-control-newtown-massacre <p>In a scolding statement, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says it is shameful Congress has not enacted stricter gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.</p><p>Six months have passed since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where a lone gunman killed 20 children and six adults with a semi-automatic weapon.</p><p>The shooting sparked a fierce national debate about firearms and the Second Amendment, and a handful of states have either passed or are <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-thomasleftwich-newtown-gun-control-20130614,0,6511944.story">considering stricter gun laws</a> since.</p><p>But<a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/senate-gun-control-deal-rejected-90225.html"> gun rights advocates were able to block stricter laws </a>from getting through the Democratic-controlled Senate.</p><p>"It is shameful that six months after Newtown, Congress has failed to enact a single gun-safety measure," says Yarmuth. "Nine in 10 Americans demand action to strengthen our gun laws, and I stand with them. It is long past time to enact meaningful reforms that help keep our families safe, our communities secure, and our country free from the daily toll of gun violence." Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:05:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5779 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth Scolds Lawmakers for Lack of Gun Control Since Newtown Massacre Eastern Kentucky School District Considers Arming Principals http://wfpl.org/post/eastern-kentucky-school-district-considers-arming-principals <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">MCKEE, Ky. — An eastern Kentucky school district is considering a proposal to deputize and arm principals for added safety.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 13:24:50 +0000 Associated Press 5396 at http://wfpl.org Eastern Kentucky School District Considers Arming Principals Gun Control Groups Petition Mitch McConnell to Support Background Checks Bill http://wfpl.org/post/gun-control-groups-petition-mitch-mcconnell-support-background-checks-bill <p>Gun control advocates rallied outside of Republican Mitch McConnell’s downtown Louisville office to deliver a petition asking Kentucky’s senior senator to change his position on expanded background checks.</p><p>Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Moms Demand Action had over 30 members demonstrating outside McConnell's office before delivering 1,200 signatures urging Congress to support "sensible" gun reforms.</p><p>Last month, the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-urges-senate-pass-gun-background-checks">Senate rejected the Manchin-Toomey bill,</a> which supporters argued would keep firearms out of the hands of convicted felons and the mentally ill.</p><p>Gun rights activists say the bill would only restrict the ability of law-abiding citizens to obtain guns, however.</p><p>The petition to McConnell scolds lawmakers for doing "nothing to stop gun killings." It goes on to argue any guns reforms "must include background checks for gun purchases."</p><p>Moms Demand Action member Pam Gersh spoke at the rally. She says McConnell is out of touch for voting against the bipartisan compromise, but promises more pressure in the coming weeks.</p><p>"We’re a group that is enraged and engaged," she says. "We are going to continue putting pressure on our elected representative and they’re going to continue to hear our voices whenever we have the opportunity. And there are lot of groups working on this now." Mon, 06 May 2013 21:30:16 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5278 at http://wfpl.org Gun Control Groups Petition Mitch McConnell to Support Background Checks Bill Gabrielle Giffords's Super PAC Slams Mitch McConnell Over Gun Background Check Vote http://wfpl.org/post/gabrielle-giffordss-super-pac-slams-mitch-mcconnell-over-gun-background-check-vote <p>A super PAC founded by former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is calling out Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for voting against gun control measures in a new radio advertisement.</p><p><a href="http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/">Americans Responsible for Solutions</a> was formed by Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, and is launching the spots in the Louisville and Lexington areas. Giffords, who was shot in the head during a 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., has been an outspoken proponent for gun control measures since retiring from Congress.</p><p>The ad implores McConnell to listen to voters, and highlights <a href="http://libcloud.s3.amazonaws.com/9/d4/b/1396/1/KY_MAIG_Release_030513.pdf">82 percent of Kentuckians favor background checks</a> for gun purchases.</p><p>"McConnell opposed common sense checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals," the narrator says. "Written by a Republican and a Democrat. Supported by law enforcement officers. It was a common sense plan that protected Second Amendment Rights. But Senator McConnell ignored the will of the people."</p><p>Listen:<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89297034" width="100%"></iframe><br> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:56:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5121 at http://wfpl.org Gabrielle Giffords's Super PAC Slams Mitch McConnell Over Gun Background Check Vote Congressman John Yarmuth Urges Senate to Pass Gun Background Checks http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-urges-senate-pass-gun-background-checks <p>Speaking on the House floor Wednesday, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth encouraged the Senate to pass legislation creating stricter background checks before purchasing a gun.</p><p>Yarmuth cited a constituent's letter in <em>The Courier-Journal</em> that criticized lawmakers for being beholden to the National Rifle Association over common sense gun laws. Poll numbers did indicate a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/us-usa-guns-poll-idUSBRE9160LW20130207">large number of Americans backed tighter gun restrictions</a>, but as NPR reported last month those <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/26/175377122/in-new-poll-support-for-stricter-gun-control-law-drops-since-newtown-shootings">figures began to wane to pre-Newtown levels</a> in recent weeks.</p><p>But Yarmuth says the Senate needs to listen to the "vast majority" of Americans and Kentuckians and pass background checks for gun purchasers.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/95sgKT-Rb10" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:17:56 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5023 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth Urges Senate to Pass Gun Background Checks Gun Control Group Continues Ad Campaign Against Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/gun-control-group-continues-ad-campaign-against-mitch-mcconnell <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Progressive Change Campaign Committee has launched a new ad criticizing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell over proposed gun control measures.</span></p><p>This is the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/gun-control-group-aims-tv-ads-mitch-mcconnell">second spot by the group to target McConnell</a>, and like the previous ad it features a Kentucky gun owner and military veteran who supports a ban on assault weapons.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GlrCnCJsozw" width="540"></iframe> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:29:34 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4182 at http://wfpl.org Gun Control Group Continues Ad Campaign Against Mitch McConnell Noise and Notes: Congressman John Yarmuth http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-congressman-john-yarmuth <p><iframe src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80571844&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=aaaa99" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Congressman John <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/john-yarmuth-now-sole-democrat-state-delegation-takes-aim-mitch-mcconnell">Yarmuth is the lone Democrat in Kentucky’s federal</a> delegation.</p><p>That makes Yarmuth the only liberal voice arguably in the region, and the lawmaker that the <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20121111/NEWS01/311090148/John-Yarmuth-big-say-two-federal-judges">Obama administration confers with over potential federal appointments</a> in the state.</p><p>Now in his fifth term in Congress, Yarmuth is the co-sponsor of a number of progressive bills, including campaign finance reforms and gun control measures.</p><p>But since 2010, he has been in the minority railing against the Republican-controlled House.</p><p>In terms of politics, Yarmuth has been the chief cheerleader for Ashley Judd, who is the rumored top-contender to run against Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 03:28:37 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4168 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Congressman John Yarmuth Gun Control Group Aims TV Ads at Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/gun-control-group-aims-tv-ads-mitch-mcconnell <p>A liberal group is attacking Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in a new television ad over his opposition to gun control measures.</p><p>The group Progressive Change Campaign Committee is launching the commercial, which will air in Kentucky and Washington, D.C. area. It features gun owner and former military marksman Rodney Kendrick from Berea, calling on McConnell to support a ban on assault weapons and background checks on gun purchases.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UmVLznif9u0" width="540"></iframe></p><p>"On pretty much every major issue Mitch McConnell sides with his big campaign contributors over everyday people in Kentucky," PCCC co-founder Adam Green told WFPL. "Right now the gun debate is front and center, and therefore we’re elevating the fact that after the gun industry has spent (hundreds of thousands of dollars) to elect Mitch McConnell. He is opposing the will of the people in Kentucky and basic things like background checks to buy a gun."</p><p>In response McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton condemned the commercial, adding PCCC is far outside the mainstream of Kentucky voters and is backed by liberal billionaire George Soros.</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:41:42 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3820 at http://wfpl.org Gun Control Group Aims TV Ads at Mitch McConnell Tennessee Education Association OK with Arming Teachers as Last Resort http://wfpl.org/post/tennessee-education-association-ok-arming-teachers-last-resort <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The largest teachers union in Tennessee &nbsp;is quietly on board with allowing educators to carry a weapon to class—at least as a last resort.</span></p><p>The Tennessee Education Association is supporting a bill under consideration by the state legislature, but the union&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">would prefer teachers not need to bring a gun to school, President </span>Gera<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Summerford<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 15:02:17 +0000 Blake Farmer | Kentucky Public Radio 3810 at http://wfpl.org Tennessee Education Association OK with Arming Teachers as Last Resort Sen. Joe Donnelly Opposes Obama's Assault Weapons Ban http://wfpl.org/post/sen-joe-donnelly-opposes-obamas-assault-weapons-ban <p></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Freshman Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is opposing a ban on assault weapons sought by President Barack Obama.</p><p>A Donnelly spokesman told The Associated Press Wednesday that the Indiana lawmaker will vote against the ban but has not decided whether he would support universal background checks.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:15:05 +0000 Associated Press 3706 at http://wfpl.org Sen. Joe Donnelly Opposes Obama's Assault Weapons Ban