WATCH: Protesters flood TN Capitol Building to demand gun control

 March 31, 2023

Protesters took over Tennessee's Capitol Building in Nashville on Thursday to urge gun control measures.

The protest occurred just days after a shooting at The Covenant School killed six students and six staff members.

The details

"The group does not specify and particular gun control measure nor have they indicated a gun control which would have prevented the 28-year-old transgender attacker from killing six people at a Christian school on Monday," Breitbart News reported.

"The New Republic reported that protesters gathered outside the capitol as well, where they chanted 'protect our kids,'" it added.

The concern

The chaotic scene included some protesters blocking the paths of lawmakers in the concerning effort.

"Around 500 protesters gathered at 8:00 a.m. local time before a large group of them moved into the capitol building carrying signs and shouting, 'No action, no peace!' and 'What do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!'" The Daily Wire reported.

"Footage from inside the state capitol showed at least six Tennessee state troopers holding back a crowd of angry protesters as they attempted to reach lawmakers," it continued.

A Tennessee nonprofit called AWAKE was behind the protest.

“We have collaborated with community organizations and individual citizens to organize a rally at the State Capitol Thursday morning. If you are looking for a way to channel your grief, anger, and confusion into action- please join us,” AWAKE wrote in a social media post earlier this week.

The chaos followed the shooting deaths of six people at The Covenant School in Nashville before alleged shooter Audrey Hale was killed by responding officers.

Hale was a 28-year-old former student at the school who was reportedly under care for emotional issues before the shooting. She also reportedly legally purchased seven guns at five local stores in the months leading up to the shooting, hiding the weapons from her parents.

The tragic events have emotions running high, including many expressing their frustration in the state's capitol in hopes of change.

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