Kony resolution catches on in Senate

Much like the viral video that reintroduced the world to the atrocities committed by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, a Senate resolution condemning his actions is rapidly gaining support on Capitol Hill.

Introduced by Sens. Chris CoonsChris CoonsSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Gorsuch sails on day one, but real test is Tuesday Live coverage: Supreme Court nominee hearings begin MORE (D-Del.) and Jim InhofeJames InhofeRepeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate GOP senator: EPA 'brainwashing our kids' A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Okla.), the resolution calls upon the Obama administration to increase assistance to the Ugandan militarys efforts to take out Kony and his Lords Resistance Army. 

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Lawmakers have been falling all over themselves to sign on as co-sponsors to the Coons-Inhofe resolution. By Thursday, 37 senators had signed on.

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The recent wave of attention on Kony and the LRA began weeks ago when the California-based nonprofit Invisible Children released the 30-minute Web video titled Kony 2012. 

The video highlighted the LRA’s practice of kidnapping children and forcing them to take up arms against Ugandan troops. The video metastasized into an Internet sensation, garnering millions of views and prompting a worldwide outcry against the LRA and its infamous leader. 

That outcry has now hit the halls of Capitol Hill. 

“Joseph Kony represents the worst of mankind, and he and his commanders must be held accountable for their war crimes, Coons wrote in the resolution.

“In order to combat terror and prevent further devastation caused by the hands of Joseph Kony, it is imperative that he is found and the LRA is finally disarmed. Only then, will we be able to bring stability to Africa. 

While the Kony 2012 video and subsequent public response has brought the LRA into the spotlight, the group has been active in Uganda, South Sudan and the Republic of Congo since the 1980s. 

Last October, the Obama administration approved sending 100 U.S. special operations troops into Uganda to help Ugandan forces go after Kony and the LRA. 

American special forces were not sent to engage LRA forces directly, but to provide logistics and intelligence support to the Ugandans, the Pentagon said at the time.