LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) - — Kentucky's chapter of "March for our Lives" will hold a vigil outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Louisville office for victims of the weekend shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Chicago.
Although the El Paso and Dayton shootings have garnered the most media attention, seven people were killed in Chicago over the course of a violent 48 hours.
"March for our Lives " is a student-led demonstration group that sprung up in the days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
In response to a rash of shootings, the organization will hold the event at 8 p.m. Tuesday. They are calling the event a vigil of "remembrance and change." They are demanding the Senate Majority Leader call up S.42, a senate bill that would expand background checks on firearm transfers and prohibit transfers between private parties unless certain conditions are met, up for a vote.
In response to the tragedies in El Paso, Dayton, and Chicago, March For Our Lives KY will be holding a candlelight vigil to honor the victims and their communities. Join us Tuesday at 8pm in front of @senatemajldr’s office to demand he call S.42 up for a vote. pic.twitter.com/JTPrRwedDu— Kentucky March For Our Lives (@MFOLKentucky) August 5, 2019
The Senate Majority Leader has tweeted his condolences following the mass shootings.
Sickening to learn this morning of another mass murder in Dayton, Ohio overnight. Two horrifying acts of violence in less than 24 hours. We stand with law enforcement as they continue working to keep Americans safe and bring justice.— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) August 4, 2019