Anti-gun protesters overwhelmed the Tennessee state Capitol on Thursday morning to call for stricter gun control measures following the shooting at the Covenant School earlier this week, during which a transgender individual murdered three nine-year-old children and three adults.
Hundreds of protesters overwhelmed the state's Capitol on Thursday, demanding the Republican-majority legislature enact tighter gun laws. The demonstrators filled the steps outside the building, the hallways, and the legislative session chambers, shouting, "Save our children!"
Most protesters gathered in the Senate chamber's gallery were removed after they began yelling down at the lawmakers, "Children are dead!"
A video from the incident captured protesters attempting to shove past a group of Tennessee State Troopers. One male demonstrator was pulled from the group of protesters and temporarily detained by authorities.
The crowd then chanted for law enforcement to release the male protester.
"Give him back!" The group shouted.
The troopers ultimately allowed the protester to rejoin the crowd.
The video was initially shared on Twitter by WTVF news reporter Kelsey Gibbs. In a now-deleted tweet, Gibbs wrote, "Emotions outside the House Chambers are still high. Protesters are wanting to talk to lawmakers as they run to bathroom. This young person was briefly detained but let go."
Gibbs reposted the video later and stated, "I deleted the last tweet because I wasn't as clear. This was a peaceful protest. Students, parents and their supporters went through Capitol security to lobby for gun control in the Capitol. No one was arrested. This shoving started when THP needed to make way for lawmakers."
Twitter users slammed Gibbs and the corporate media for favorably reporting Thursday's Tennessee rally as a "peaceful protest" after the same left-leaning outlets labeled the January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol an "insurrection."
One user replied to Gibbs, "People spent two years in solitary confinement for less than that."
"A mostly peaceful protest is underway in the Tennessee Capitol," commentator Ian Miles Cheong sarcastically wrote. "The reporter deleted the original tweet with this video because viewers correctly identified it as an 'insurrection' (per definitions provided by the media and Congress)."
Another video from the protest captured demonstrators in the legislative chambers chanting down to lawmakers, "No action, no peace" and "enough is enough."
Two Democratic lawmakers temporarily shut down the session after some protesters began yelling through a megaphone.
According to WTVF, Thursday's protest was led by parents and community groups, including the Metro Nashville Public Schools Parents, ForwardTN, East Nashtivists, the Equity Alliance, and Third Man Records.
One of the protest organizers, Maryam Abolfazli, told WKRN, "We're here because we still believe that we can make change. We can. It's a tough state, I get it."
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