The organization March for Our Lives is scheduled to host a day of anti-Second Amendment protests in the wake of the Texas tragedy on June 11.
A protest is already scheduled to occur in Nashville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nashville Public Square Park.
The Facebook description for the Nashville protest says, “By now I am sure you all have heard about the horrific massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas yesterday that left 21 innocent people—mostly children—dead. I, probably like many of you, am very angry that this has continued to happen and there has been a lack of action from our government officials.”
It goes on to attack the NRA, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Tennessee’s gun laws.
“Unsurprisingly, Tennessee’s state senators receive funding from the NRA, and Marsha Blackburn refuses to blame lack of adequate gun restrictions and safety measures as a major cause for these massacres. The state’s House also recently passed a bill lowering the age requirement for handguns from 21 to 18 in Tennessee,” the event says.
“Something about the response this time around feels different, and I want to capitalize on that energy and not let this die down. I was surprised to see that nothing has been started yet, so I am organizing a March For Our Lives event in Nashville to accompany the newly-announced national event happening in D.C. on June 11th (just like the one that occurred in 2018) and am looking for any and all help,” the organizer said.
“Please reach out if you are interested in getting involved and will be in Nashville in a couple weeks. It will be a tight turn around, but I believe we can organize to bring out a lot of people and hopefully make our government officials listen and do something. On June 11th, we March For Our Lives and the lives of our children and students,” the message said.
March for Our Lives was famously founded by David Hogg and others in the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.
The organization makes it clear on its website that its goals are political.
“We spurred a historic youth turnout in the 2018 midterm elections, with a 47 percent increase over the last midterm election and the highest percentage of youth voter turnout ever. Voters made it clear that the status quo was no longer acceptable — a record 46 NRA-backed candidates lost their elections that November.”
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