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22 August, 2023

From Protests to the Polls: Tennessee’s Rising Gun Violence Demands Political Change

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From Protests to the Polls: Tennessee's Rising Gun Violence Demands Political Change

The truth will set you free. John 8:32

The truth also helps understand Tennessee's gun violence epidemic. Where and when did the shootings take place? How many people were injured? Killed? Who is the local official elected and paid to represent the interests and safety of resident? How to contact them to hold them accountable? How to get ready to vote them out of office, in case they block common sense gun safety measures.

This map provides details on 56 recent mass shooting incidents in Tennessee including the killing of three 9-year-old children and three adult staff at the Covenant School in Nashville’s Green Hills neighborhood. It includes details on Tennessee state reps, how to contact them, how to register to vote in Tenneessee and how to make sure you have the right Voter ID.

Vote for gun safety.

Tennessee deserves better

"When crowds of young people flooded the state Capitol this spring to protest gun violence, I felt inspired and hopeful for change. They showed up day after day to demand safer gun laws, but their cries for change were ignored. The Tennessee General Assembly controlled by a GOP supermajority showed indifference. Young people who’ve come of age in the endless cycle of school shootings were disregarded by lawmakers who’ve never had to hide under a desk or sit through a lockdown drill.

Parents have waited the past several months for Gov. Bill Lee and lawmakers to bring forth legislation to address gun violence. But as the special session looms, there are no signs meaningful change will happen this summer; the proposed legislation lacks language that addresses gun reform...As time passes, the Tennessee GOP hopes we forget about what happened at Covenant School. The members of the Tennessee General Assembly need to close their eyes and imagine themselves sitting with those children while a stranger roams outside the classroom unleashing hundreds of rounds from an AR-15-style rifle. And then they should ask themselves: What do those children packed in that closet deserve?" - Brian Kilgore in USA Today

Just the facts

This map was designed in a few hours by DemLabs with ArcGIS Online using data from the Gun Violence Archive. The map includes details on 56 recent mass shooting incidents in Tennessee, details on elected officials and how to prepare to vote.

People are most interested about how an issue affects them and their family. They need the facts and what is holding up change, in order to make an informed decision. Incidents of gun violence are sporadic and spread out, so it's easy to miss the surge or get distracted. That's where a map that consolidates dozens of shooting incidents is helpful. It shows the scope of the problem and helps identify the MAGA Republicans blocking common sense gun safety reforms.

Tennessee Gun Violence Epidemic
Tennessee Shooting Epidemic while MAGA Republicans block common sense gun safety reforms

TakeAway: Hold those responsible for blocking common sense gun safety measures accountable. Get ready to vote!

Deepak
DemLabs

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