Gun control activists, alongside LGBTQ+ activists, stormed Tennessee’s State Capitol and Kentucky’s State Capitol, fighting with police and shouting slogans.
A group of insurrectionists just stormed the Tennessee Capitol pic.twitter.com/GlWqFkctjB
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The protests in Tennessee against guns come after “transgender” shooter Audrey Hale, a biological woman that identified as a man, killed six people, including three nine-year-old children, at a Christian school in Nashville.
Protesters held signs and chanted, “What do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!” They gathered inside the Capitol Rotunda and sang a rendition of Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me.”
Three state lawmakers in Tennessee’s state House joined the protesters who invaded the state Capitol: Reps. Justin Johnson (D), Justin Pearson (D) and Gloria Johnson (D).
“Power to the people,” Jones yelled through a megaphone on the chamber floor.
U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Haggerty (R-TN) introduced the “Securing Aid for Every (SAFE) School Act,” following the Nashville school shooting.
The legislation would create a $900 million grant program for public and private schools to train and hire former law enforcement officers and veterans to protect students.
In Kentucky, as the state House voted to override Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s (D) veto of a bill banning “gender-affirming care” for minors, transgender activists descended on the Capitol.
“Hundreds of Kentucky students converged on the steps of the state Capitol Annex to protest the override,” reported Austin Horn for the Lexington Herald-Leader. “Many protesters moved inside once the legislature gaveled in, chanting and jeering loudly from the Capitol’s halls.”
Kentucky State Police arrested 19 people at the demonstration, charging them with third-degree criminal trespassing. Franklin County District Court released the protesters.
The Daily Mail described the events in Tennessee as an “insurrection,” citing that protesters battled with cops and attempted to gain access to the state legislature.
“Footage of the insurrection shows progressive protesters battling with cops as they attempted to gain access to the legislature in Nashville. Hundreds of people were seen inside the lobby and yelling from the gallery at concerned lawmakers,” the outlet stated.
In Texas, “transgender” activists staged a “die-in” at the state’s Capitol, protesting Texas’s protection of children from “transgender” procedures. A “die-in” is a demonstration where people gather and lie down, acting as if they are deceased.
3 insurrections in 24 hours (Texas, Kentucky, and Tennessee) pic.twitter.com/3LyQj4ff3P
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“After the hearing, protesters gathered for a brief rally and ‘die-in,’” according to KXAN’s Daniel Gravois. “They used their bodies to symbolize how many transgender lives could be lost if the bill were to become law, according to Ash Hall, policy and advocacy strategist for LGBTQ+ rights, ACLU Texas.”