On Monday, a tragedy occurred in Nashville, Tennessee when a 28-year-old female active shooter entered Covenant School through a side door and killed at least three children and three adults.
In response to this tragedy, the White House and Democrats have made the issue political, pointing fingers at Republicans for opposing an “assault weapons ban.” Enough is enough.
The victims of this tragedy were three children aged nine or under and three adults. The shooter was identified as Audrey Hale, who identified as transgender. She was armed with three guns, including a semi-automatic rifle, and was shot dead by police.
After being briefed on the tragedy, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made a wrongful statement about the victims.
“We can’t keep seeing what we saw today. Right now, we’re hearing six kids — six elementary [school] kids dead,” the press secretary said. A reporter interjected and corrected her, “Three kids and three adults.”
President Joe Biden has repeatedly pledged to ban “assault rifles” after a series of mass shootings that have occurred throughout his presidency.
“I call on Congress again to pass my assault weapons ban,” Biden said in an address about the shooting. “It’s about time that we begin to make some more progress.”
The tragedy in Nashville is not the first mass shooting to occur during this presidency. Other major mass shootings include those at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and at a Lunar New Year event in Monterey Park, California.
It is unacceptable to make this tragedy political by pointing fingers at Republicans. We must come together to prevent these tragedies from happening in the future. It is not enough to just call on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban.
We must also look at the root causes of gun violence, such as mental health, racism, and poverty. It is only when we are willing to address these issues that we can begin to make real progress.
We can no longer stand by and watch as innocent lives are lost due to mental illness while politicians use their deaths for political gain. We must take action to prevent this from happening again.
We must come together to create meaningful change. We owe it to the victims of this tragedy, and to all the victims of gun violence, to do everything we can to ensure that no more lives will be lost by providing safer schools, empowering lawful gun owners, and better mental health awareness/treatment.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.