Advocates Call on Sen. Johnson to Take Action to Curb Gun Violence

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Williamson County group pushes common sense gun reform

A group of activists gathered on Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 2nd) to call on Sen. Jack Johnson to take action to curb gun violence during an upcoming special legislative session on public safety.

Brynn Jones, Organizer with March for our Lives and long-time Williamson County resident shared that from the 40 students in her graduating class at Renaissance High School, two died from gun violence. 

"This is not a red or a blue issue- this is a survival issue because gun violence kills more kids, teens, and young adults than car crashes, illness, and accidents and we know what works to stop these senseless deaths. They are senseless, they are preventable and they are unnecessary."

Kari Kueffler, a survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas said, "Unfortunately, in America we get so accustomed to mass shootings in our communities it's affecting so many communities, at birthday parties, walking from The Gap to American Eagle at the mall. We need to stop having just thoughts and prayers and need real thoughts and real prayers put into action to help prevent this from happening in our communities again." 

Rev. Jason Mikel, Pastor of Jenkins Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Nolensville called on elected leaders including Williamson County's Johnson to, "Value empathy more than firearms. Hold respect for humans tighter than any amendment. Look genuinely for the common good. None of that is easy. It takes swallowing pride. It means not cosplaying ever again with guns on the family Christmas card. It means looking into death, and rather threatening more of it, finding where we can birth life instead. I believe Jesus when he called the peacemakers blessed. May our leaders learn to become that so that we are all blessed through them."
A speaker at the rally against gun violence in FranklinPhoto bySouthern Christian Coalition

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