KY Black Legislative Caucus Demands Comprehensive Gun Control in Nationwide Action
Frankfort, Ky.–The Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus has called on the General Assembly to pass comprehensive gun control legislation in the wake of two mass shootings in Louisville in less than a week. The caucus also denounced the punishment of three legislators for “disorderly behavior” following a protest for gun reform on the Tennessee House chamber floor in response to the deadly shooting at Nashville’s Covenant School.
Thirteen people lost their lives in three shooting sprees in Nashville and Louisville in the past two weeks. The Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus believes that it is time for action to protect citizens and prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.
“Enough is enough,” said state Representative George Brown, Jr. of Lexington, who chairs the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus. “We must act now to protect our children and all who simply want to make it home safely to their families. It is disappointing that we are still having these conversations on passing comprehensive gun control legislation after countless innocent lives have been lost because of gun violence. How many more lives must we lose before we as legislators decide to enact laws to protect our constituents?”
The press conference held by the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus was part of a nationwide call to action. Black legislative caucuses in other states held similar press conferences, and two more are planned to be held the next day in Tennessee. One of the press conferences in Nashville is expected to draw as many as 5,000 people, who will form a chain between the children’s hospital where victims in the March 27th Covenant school shooting were taken to the state Capitol. Another press conference in Knoxville is also scheduled to be held.
The Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus stands with their fellow state legislators, the Tennessee 3, and shares their sentiment in the need to pass comprehensive gun control legislation in their states. The caucus believes that it is time to take action and pass laws to protect constituents and prevent further tragedies from occurring.
Top photo: Rep. George Brown, D-Lexington, speaks at a press conference with the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus Monday. (Provided)
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