They might make for a strange trio, but one Change.org petition has united Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, "Dog the Bounty Hunter's" wife Beth Chapman and "Pretty Little Liars" actress Lindsey Shaw. The plea is for Congress to enact "Kari's Law" in response to a terrible crime committed last month in Marshall, Texas, a community Gohmert represents.
The name "Kari" in the proposed legislation stands for Kari Rene Hunt, a 31-year-old mother who was murdered in a hotel room in front of her three children by her estranged husband on Dec. 1, 2013. During the altercation, her nine-year-old daughter attempted to dial 911, but failed to reach authorities because she didn't realize she had to dial "9" first to get an outside line. The Change.org petition asks Congress, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the Wyndham company, the owner of the hotel where Hunt was killed, to support a law that would ensure all hotel phones dial directly to 911.
"We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating [within] the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed," wrote Hunt's father, Hank Hunt, on Change.org, suggesting tax credits to incentivize hotels, motels and "mom & pop" stores to make the change.
Last week, Gohmert pledged to find a remedy for the issue. "I'm serving the people of East Texas and when we get this kind of outpouring from so many constituents I want to do anything I can to help, especially in a situation like this where a child is in a situation and have been taught to dial 911 and can't get it done," Gohmert said, according to the Marshall News Messenger.
The congressman pointed out that many businesses' phone systems use "9" to dial out and he and other lawmakers are looking for a way to make the change. "We don't want businesses to be out of a bunch of cost where they have to lay off a lot of employees," Gohmert added. "But certainly, we want to get something done."