After another mass shooting at a school, this time at a private Christian school in Nashville where early details indicated three students and three adults were killed, a woman standing nearby stepped up to a staging area for a press conference about the incident and passionately insisted on gun reform.
“Aren’t you guys tired of covering this?” the woman said. “Aren’t you guys tired of being here and having to cover all of these mass shootings?” The speaker appeared to indicate she had ties to Highland Park, a community in Illinois where a mass shooting in connection to a July 4th parade happened last year. Illinois has since enacted a ban on so-called assault weapons, something that remains absent at the federal level, despite pleas. “I have met with over 130 lawmakers,” she continued. “How is this still happening? How are our children still dying and why are we failing them? Gun violence is the number one killer of children and teens. It has overtaken cars… We can’t even pass safe storage laws in this country to protect kids from getting a hold of weapons that they shoot each other with!”
Her remarks were carried live on Fox, whose associated team it appears just happened to be there with a camera trained on the spot in connection to their other reporting, although other journalists were also participating.
Per details shared online Monday from CNN journalist Abby Phillip, the attacker in this incident was identified in early accounts as an apparent teenage girl who had two assault-style weapons and a handgun. (UPDATE: The attacker was actually 28.) So soon after the violence, there aren’t a lot of answers about what exactly transpired, but it’s consistently been the case that changes to the relevant laws actually could’ve at least potentially stopped some of these incidents. In Uvalde, Texas, where a mass shooter attacked an elementary school, leaving a child survivor whose friends died to lobby for changes to the rules alongside a surviving teacher whose entire classroom was gunned down? The attacker legally obtained a firearm he used in the massacre, suggesting that if the legal option wasn’t available, it might not have happened!
Republicans claiming otherwise are liars. In the Nashville situation, the woman speaking at the mic cited early indications of the shooter utilizing poorly secured guns. Across the U.S., at least 60 children up to the age of 11 and over 330 in the age group of 12 to 17 have already been killed by guns this year. Watch that individual’s impassioned comments in Nashville below:
wow. a woman makes a passionate case for gun control during a press conference about the Nashville school shooting pic.twitter.com/tQDdSrBZZ6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 27, 2023