Progressive group calls out Ryan on gun control with Janesville billboard

Progressive group calls out Ryan on gun control with Janesville billboard
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A progressive PAC has erected a billboard in House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNow we know why Biden was afraid of a joint presser with Putin Zaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power MORE’s (R-Wis.) hometown, calling out the lawmaker over gun control following the Florida school shooting.

“17 killed in their classrooms, still no gun reform? How come, Paul Ryan?” the Janesville, Wis., billboard reads.

The ad, sponsored by Progressive Turnout Project, is in the style of those from award-winning film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," in which a grieving mother rents out space to draw attention to her daughter’s murder case.


“Gun violence is an epidemic in this country and as Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan has repeatedly done nothing to address it,” Progressive Turnout Project founder Harry Pascal said in a release.

“Rather than addressing the millions of Americans who are demanding action on gun reform, Paul Ryan and Republicans in Congress continue to serve at the will of the [National Rifle Association] and put campaign contributions before the lives of Americans,” Pascal said. “It’s time we call attention to that and hold them accountable for their actions.”

An activist group in Florida used a similar method to mock Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio calls on Biden to allow Naval Academy graduate to play in NFL Florida governor adept student of Trump playbook White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE (R-Fla.) after he said that gun control laws wouldn't have prevented the Parkland, Fla., massacre.

“You could pass a law that makes it harder to get this kind of gun in new condition,” Rubio said on the Senate floor the day after the shooting. “But you’re going to struggle to keep it out of the hands of someone who’s decided that’s what they want to use, because there’s so many of them out there already that would be grandfathered in.”

Ryan has been harshly criticized by Democrats for his response to the shooting, saying that the conversation around the shooting should not turn into “taking away citizens’ rights” to own guns.

“This is not the time to jump to some conclusion,” Ryan said in response to calls from Democrats for stricter gun control.