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Tennessee Faith Coalition Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Gun Legislation

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Group expresses disappointment in Senators Blackburn, Hagerty for their opposition to gun safety

Following passage of historic, bipartisan legislation on gun control, the Southern Christian Coalition applauded Congress for finally taking action to save lives and reduce gun violence. Even so, the group also expressed disappointment in Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty as two voted against the measure.

Pastors affiliated with Southern Christian Coalition released statements celebrating the legislative action and explaining their positions on Blackburn and Hagerty relative to gun control.

"Today I am grateful for the 65 members of the US Senate and 234 Members of the US House, including 29 Republicans, who passed common sense, bipartisan, and historic gun safety legislation," said Rev. Ella Clay, Pastor of Historic First Community Church in Nashville. "But I am also disappointed that Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty chose partisanship instead of doing the right thing. I know they both speak constantly about her spiritual and religious beliefs as Christians, yet they did not choose to follow the words of Jesus who said, 'Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.'"

Another pastor further explained the group's disappointment in the votes of Blackburn and Hagerty:

Rev. Dr. Donna Whitney, Pastoral Assistant at Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville shared her grief as a mother, grandmother and as an American, "As an American, I am grieved, embarrassed and angry to know that in virtually every other Western democracy, people are safer from violence than we are here in our own country. What we have asked for out of our elected leaders is actually very simple. We asked Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty to value our lives more than guns. And it's shameful that both Senators voted to value guns more than our lives."

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