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) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Head of flight attendants group claims 'broad support' for 'Medicare for All' among union members 2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally MORE (D-Ohio) in an effort to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report 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. 

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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.