(RepublicanNews.org) – Recent efforts at imposing additional gun control measures on citizens in the Volunteer State have failed. The state’s General Assembly ended their latest special session on August 29th without passing any red flag legislation that would have allowed authorities to confiscate an individual’s firearms if they met certain criteria.
Mainstream media is framing the session’s end as a descent “into chaos” on the part of state legislators. Although the issue is multi-faceted, it has been portrayed by legacy outlets as being a battle between those in favor of common-sense firearm restrictions and those who are unwilling to budge on their Second Amendment rights.
Governor Bill Lee, a Republican, had initially called legislators back to Nashville to address the issue in the wake of the city’s Covenant School mass shooting in March. The spring atrocity saw 28-year-old Audrey Hale, a former student, storm the private institution and murder school staff and several elementary-aged children. She was eventually killed by police.
Hale identified as a female-to-male trans individual and it is thought that she carried out her spree because of the school’s conservative stance on trans rights. Even in articles that acknowledge her murder of children, outlets still insist on referring to Hale as “he.” The former student wrote an as-yet-to-be-released manifesto about her psychological predicament and many state legislators have demanded its release.
Once the Tennessee legislature came into session at the Governor’s behest, it became clear that the GOP-led House would refuse to vote on any new gun control laws. The lack of action has been attributed to grassroots pressure from constituents throughout the state.
Erich Pratt, the Vice President for the GOA, called efforts at imposing new laws on gun owners in the state “emotionally charged legislation.” Pratt’s words were not hyperbole. As the session ended, two legislators on opposite ends of the debate appeared to get into a shoving match when exiting the chamber.
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