More than one thousand people have descended on Tennessee’s statehouse in Nashville in the wake of the latest school shooting that left six people dead.
Thousands protest gun laws at Tennessee state capitol
Protesters have flooded Tennessee’s statehouse to demand lawmakers stiffen gun laws following a school shooting in Nashville that left six people dead, three of them nine-year-old children.
More than one thousand people joined Thursday’s protest organised by local mothers, packing the building’s rotunda and forcing highway patrol troopers to clear paths in the crowd for lawmakers to walk through.
Demonstrators held aloft placards reading “No More Silence” and “We have to do better” while chanting “Do you even care?” and “No more violence!”
US school shootings, defined as any incident in which a gun is discharged on school property, number 90 this year, according to the K-12 School Shooting Database website. The 303 incidents last year were the most of any year in the database, which began in 1970.