The Progressive Change Campaign Committe is directly confronting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the issue of gun violence in his home state. Starting Tuesday, the group will air a TV spot featuring a Kentucky veteran calling on McConnell to support an assault weapons ban and other firearms reforms.
"As a gun owner and a veteran, I support the plan to ban assault weapons and keep guns out of the wrong hands, because I know these guns. I know what they can do," Rodney Kendrick of Berea, Ky., said in the ad.
PCCC says the ad will run "on broadcast and cable in Louisville, KY; Lexington, KY; and cable in Washington, DC." A spokesperson for the group told TPM the initial ad by is $27,700 and lasts one week, "with more ads featuring Kentucky gun owners to come." The spot is part of a larger push PCCC plan to pressure McConnell with a website and polling from the firm PPP showing 82% of Kentuckians favor background checks "to keep guns out of the wrong hands," in the words of the poll.
McConnell has said he doubts Congress' busy schedule will allow a gun bill to move early in the term.