Political Notebook


Demonstrators to target Coats’ gun vote

Organizing for Action, which describes itself as a nonpartisan social advocacy group, will demonstrate Wednesday night outside the Fort Wayne office of Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.

The news organization Politico recently referred to OFA as “President Barack Obama’s political arm,” while others have called it the successor group to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

OFA volunteers will take part Wednesday in what the group says is “a gun violence prevention event.” In a news release, OFA praised Senate legislation that would have expanded background checks on gun buyers. The group said “an obstructive minority” of senators defeated the bill in April.

Although OFA does not identify Coats as one of those senators – he did vote against the legislation – the group asks “what will it take for Sen. Dan Coats to take action?” after mass shootings and polls showing Americans support expanded background checks.

The demonstration will be at 8 p.m. outside the E. Ross Adair Federal Building on South Harrison Street, where Coats has an office.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns has conducted similar demonstrations over Coats’ vote in South Bend and Indianapolis in recent months.