Tim Ryan to lead 'caravan' of gun-control activists from Ohio to Kentucky rally directed at McConnell

Tim Ryan to lead 'caravan' of gun-control activists from Ohio to Kentucky rally directed at McConnell
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A “caravan” of gun control activists will march on Friday through Ohio to Kentucky, led by Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanCongress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left Democrats rally behind monthly ,000 relief checks MORE (D-Ohio) in an effort to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump congratulates Steve King challenger on GOP primary win The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Republicans turning against new round of ,200 rebate checks MORE (R-Ky.) to allow Senate votes on House-passed gun control legislation, Ryan announced Thursday. 

“It's been 150+ days since the House passed 2 comprehensive gun reform bills & Mitch McConnell still has done nothing. That's unacceptable,” tweeted Ryan, a 2020 presidential candidate. 

Democrats have called on McConnell to bring the Senate back from recess for a special session to vote on a universal background check bill that passed the Democratic-controlled House in February. 

Ryan’s rally follows the weekend's two mass shootings, including one in his home state. 

A Sunday shooting in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people one day after a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 dead.

“These cities are all so similar. Same challenges. Same struggles. Same pride in their communities future. And so to have a tragedy like this is devastating,” Ryan said in a text message interview with BuzzFeed News

“But then the response is so powerful. The connection of the community comes to the forefront," he said, adding that he's "more inspired than ever to make change."

Ryan’s rally will make five stops in Ohio: Niles, Cuyahoga Falls, Westerville, Dayton and Cincinnati. It will conclude in Louisville, Ky., at a city plaza adjacent to the Muhammad Ali Center.

McConnell is recovering at home in Louisville after fracturing his shoulder tripping on his patio, his office said Sunday.