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Gun control proponents pounce on Republican senator after Nashville shooting

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Leftists pounced on GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee after the lawmaker issued a statement reacting to the deadly school shooting perpetrated at a Christian school in Nashville on Monday.

The shooter, who killed three children and three adults at The Covenant School, was fatally shot by police.

"Chuck & I are heartbroken to hear about the shooting at Covenant School in Nashville," Blackburn tweeted. "My office is in contact with federal, state, & local officials, & we stand ready to assist. Thank you to the first responders working on site. Please join us in prayer for those affected."

California Gov. Gavin Newsom responded to Blackburn's post by calling on the senator to approve "commonsense gun laws."

"You received $1,306,130 in donations from the NRA. You voted against the most recent bipartisan gun package in June. If you're so 'ready to assist' -- start by doing your job and passing commonsense gun laws that will help prevent tragedies like the one today," Newsom tweeted.

Democratic Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California claimed that Blackburn does not care about doing anything to protect children, tweeting, "0. That's how many f— you give when it comes to actually doing something to protect our kids."

Gun control activist David Hogg, who was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when a mass shooting was perpetrated there in 2018, suggested that Blackburn and others have enabled school shootings to occur.

"Let me re write that for you. Chuck & I are heartbroken to hear about the shooting at Covenant School in Nashville that was enabled by NRA puppets like me who are willing to let kids be f[***]ing slaughtered so long as the NRA continues giving me millions," Hogg replied to Blackburn's post.

Blackburn is calling for increased security at schools to protect students.

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