Following the news of the tragic school shooting at Covenant School in Nashville, many state lawmakers responded with their thoughts and prayers:
With many families and colleagues impacted by the tragedy today, we will only meet briefly tonight and move all legislation to a later date.
— Speaker Cameron Sexton (@CSexton25) March 27, 2023
I am closely monitoring the tragic situation at Covenant, & the @TNDeptofSafety & @TNHighwayPatrol are assisting local law enforcement & first responders at the scene.
As we continue to respond, please join us in praying for the school, congregation & Nashville community.
— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) March 27, 2023
Roberta and I are heartbroken to hear of the shooting at Covenant School in Nashville. Thank you to law enforcement & first responders for your brave actions in response to this tragedy.Please join us in praying for the students, administrators, and families of those affected.
— Rep. David Kustoff (@RepDavidKustoff) March 27, 2023
Devastated and heartbroken about the tragic news at Covenant School. I’m grateful to law enforcement and first responders for their heroic actions. I am monitoring the situation closely, and my office is in contact with local officials & available to anyone needing assistance.— Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) March 27, 2023
— Rep. Andy Ogles (@RepOgles) March 27, 2023
Camie and I join Tennesseans in prayer for The Covenant School community. Our hearts are with you. While we await more information from first responders, we pray for each student and faculty member.
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) March 27, 2023
On the other hand, State Sen. London Lamar is already trying to use the mass shooting as an example of why more gun control is needed:
It’s just odd this happens when republicans want to lower the permit-less carry to 18! I hope this situation is proof why they should change their mind. Innocent people will die
— Senator London Lamar (@SenatorLamar) March 27, 2023
On a national level, First Lady Jill Biden also commented on the news:
“Our children deserve better”: First Lady Jill Biden reacts to Tennesee school shooting. https://t.co/RdYLvfum24 pic.twitter.com/HIOBuXSGuL
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 27, 2023