Trying To Give Background Check Bill Another Chance
Supporters of increasing background checks rally in Broad Ripple
Dozens rally in Broad Ripple for more background checks on those who buy guys (wibc.com photo: Ray Steele)
Groups who favor stronger background check laws for gun purchases hope the six-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting will get their issue off the back burner in Washington.
Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns were among the groups sponsoring rallies across the country coinciding with remembrances of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December that killed 20 students and six adults at the school. One of those rallies in Broad Ripple drew almost 30 people.
Nicki McNally with Moms Demand Action is among those pushing for Congress to reconsider the background check bill that died in the Senate in April. "We're here to urge our representatives, representatives like Susan Brooks, to stand up and say as (Senator) Joe Donnelly did, 'enough is enough', and we need more background checks on gun sales." McNally and others are not happy that the issue has largely been ignored in Washington since then, with attention turning to the debate over an immigration bill and scandals involving the IRS and the Justice Department.
Supporters of background checks say they will continue to lobby members of Congress who oppose the bill, singling out Brooks and Senator Dan Coats during the Broad Ripple rally. "Background checks will help stem the flow of guns from the people who should have them to the people who shouldn't have them," said Dr. Stephen Dunlop with Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence.