Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense staged a rally in the state Capitol rotunda Wednesday. Participants heard from a number of people who shared their stories on how they have been directly affected by gun violence.
One of the speakers was Carl Stankovic. He is a member of the National Rifle Association who worked in law enforcement and has been a firearm instructor. He sides with the advocacy group when it comes to lobbying against proposed armed school marshals and carrying a gun without a permit measures.
“I tend to think there is more people like me. I mean you kind of hear the extremes sometimes. You know, take all the guns away or give everybody guns,” said Stankovic. “But, I think the majority are probably in the middle somewhere.”
Connie Coartney, the leader of Kentucky’s Moms Demand Action chapter, said she hopes lawmakers don’t take up bills to lessen certain gun restrictions.
“That’s our hope that they will not be a priority this year. There’s a lot of issues facing the legislature this year,” said Coartney. “So, we’re hoping they realize these gun bills are dangerous and will endanger lives in the Commonwealth and they will focus on other issues to enhance the lives of people in the Commonwealth.”
Coartney said a priority bill for her organization to lobby against is legislation to allow guns in certain areas on college campuses and government buildings.