Kamala Harris Blasted for Not Meeting Nashville Survivors – The New York Post was among the news outlets that called out Vice President Kamala Harris after she made a surprise visit to Nashville, Tennessee, to meet with two of the Volunteer State’s expelled state lawmakers a few months back in April.
And oddly enough, during the visit, she failed to meet with any survivors or the families of the mass shooting victims that resulted in the political drama. The lawmakers’ expulsion came after three legislators joined a gun control rally outside the state Capitol that moved into the House chamber and disrupted the proceedings at the time.
“The protest wasn’t Jan. 6, 2021, at the US Capitol, but then again, no lawmakers joined the mob that day,” the Big Apple paper noted, and added, “It was certainly an outrageous bid to intimidate legislators into doing the protesters’ will — a gross violation of democratic norms that no lawmaker should join, let alone lead.”
Of course, some Democrats see it differently, as it was an attempt to push the gun control agenda following a mass shooting. The two expelled lawmakers, along with a third who also joined the protest but beat expulsion by a single vote, were invited to the White House by President Joe Biden at the time.
That led to outrage, as the White House has been seen to essentially ignore the families of the victims and the two hero police officers who stopped the massacre.
The Gang of Three
VP Kamla Harris met with ousted state lawmakers Justin Jones, Justin Pearson, and Gloria Johnson at the chapel of Fisk University, a historically Black college in Nashville over that weekend in April. The three have since been dubbed “The Tennessee Three.”
“We are here because [Jones, Pearson, and Johnson] and their colleagues in the Democratic caucus chose to show courage in the face of extreme tragedy,” Harris said, adding, “They chose to lead and show courage and say that a democracy allows for places where the people’s voice will be heard and honored and respected.”
Harris, the first woman and the first person of color to serve as vice president, also used the occasion to call for gun control.
“Assault weapons … are weapons of war,” Harris continued. “These are weapons that are designed to kill a lot of people quickly. They have no place on the streets of a civil society.”
Biden also used the tragedy, in which six individuals including three children were killed by Hale – a former student of The Covenant School where the shooting took place – to push his gun control agenda. Hale, a female at birth who had identified as male and used the pronouns he/him, was being treated for an unspecified emotional disorder.
Under Tennessee law, she shouldn’t have been allowed to purchase the firearms used in the tragic shooting at the school.
No mention of that fact was noted by Biden or Kamala Harris.
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