The killing at a Christian school in Nashville on Monday, which killed six people, including three children, elicited widespread sympathies — but also a strong sense of anger that gun violence continues to blight American life.
“Enough is enough,” White House press assistant Karine Jean-Pierre said on Monday. She wondered how many children had to be killed before Republicans would back a prohibition on automatic guns.
Kris Brown, head of Brady: United Against Gun Violence, one of the nation’s longest gun control organizations, condemned the regularity of mass killings and encouraged people not to become numb to them.
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“We do not have to live this way, and we should never accept it as our reality,” Ms. Brown said in a statement. “Our children deserve to grow up without fear of being gunned down while learning their ABCs.”
Representative Andy Ogles, a Republican from Tennessee who serves the area where the Covenant School is located, said he and his family were “devastated by the tragedy,” and that, as a father of three, he was especially distressed by “this senseless act of violence.”
Mr. Ogles shared a picture of his family on Facebook in 2021, showing him, his wife, and two of his three children carrying guns.
Tennessee Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn said on Twitter that she was “heartbroken” and that her staff had contacted the police.