Mitch McConnell says possible bipartisan proposal in the works for gun reform

A crowd of protesters rallied for gun reform in Mount Sterling, calling on Mitch McConnell to act

MOUNT STERLING, KY (WTVQ) – It’s been a little over a week since police say 18 year old Salvador Rolando Ramos shot and killed 21 people in a Uvalde, Texas elementary school. The wound is still fresh, yet people, including many parents, fear their request to do something about gun control and violence is falling on deaf ears once again in Washington, D.C.

That’s why Montgomery County Democrats protested outside the cooperative extension office on Thursday where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was speaking at a luncheon.  Jessica Bowman and her son, Charlie, attended the “Rally for Reform.”

“Every school shooting is a reminder, again. It’s always in the back of your mind that when you send your kid to school in the morning, you may not see them again and that’s definitely a terrifying feeling,” says Bowman.

Bowman says she, like many others, question why nothing has been done following all the mass shootings, including in Kentucky.

“I was in high school when the shooting in Paducah happened. I was 19 when Columbine happened. I’m 43 now and the fact that it’s still happening and we’ve done nothing about it is awful,” says Bowman.

Protesters called on Senator McConnell to do something on gun control legislation. Organizers pointed to House Bill 8, which “establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties,” that’s been sitting in the U.S. Senate since last March.

Senator McConnell says lawmakers are working on trying to come with a bipartisan proposal to target the two obvious problems, mental illness and school safety.  He says hopefully the chamber will be back in session next week with proposed legislation to put forward that may actually pass the Senate.

Parents like Jessica Bowman say she’d like to see stricter gun laws in Kentucky, so a daily send-off to school is a little less stressful for her and her son.

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