Children, high school students express desires and expectations for gun safety from legislature

Published 12:42 pm Thursday, January 4, 2024

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the 2024 Legislative Session begins.
At 9 a.m. that day, children aged 5-10 will share with the media their experiences living in Tennessee and their desires for that session. Two days later, teens aged 14-18 will share their experiences in a noon press conference.
After the Covenant School tragedy, many children spoke with their families about the fear and threat of gun violence in their classrooms, in their daily lives, and even in their homes. These conversations continue as youth and their families await legislative action to protect them. After the August 2023 special session, when hundreds of Tennessee parents, grandparents, and community members made their presence and desire for gun safety measures known, most were disappointed. Too many lawmakers were unable or unwilling to hear their pleas. The Legislature ended the session with no meaningful actions towards making our state’s children safe. Caregivers returned home empty handed.
It’s time to hear from the youth themselves about their desires and needs. These youth are not pawns in a political game, but individuals impacted the most by inaction on gun safety. They will make their voices heard on January 9 at 9 a.m.
High school students also have something important to say. On January 11 at noon, a group of teens who attend Middle Tennessee high schools and who have met with lawmakers, attended rallies, and sat in committee meetings and full session of the Tennessee Legislature will speak to the media.

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