WH spox Jean-Pierre appears to blame pro-2A Republican lawmakers for Nashville school shooting

 March 28, 2023

There was a mass shooting Monday morning at a private Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee that left six people dead, three young children and three adults, plus the shooter who was identified as a 28-year-old biologically female former student who identified as a transgender male.

During a press briefing that same day, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre appeared to blame Republican lawmakers, and not the actual shooter, for the murderous evil that had been perpetrated, the Daily Wire reported.

The apparent reason cited for blaming Republicans in Congress instead of the reportedly mentally disturbed shooter was their failure to acquiesce to Democratic demands for a variety of stricter gun control laws.

Republican lawmakers are to blame

At the start of Monday's press briefing, press secretary Jean-Pierre immediately addressed the horrific incident earlier that morning in Nashville and said that President Joe Biden had been fully briefed and had expressed his gratitude to the first responders who stopped the shooting and his condolences for the families who had lost a loved one.

"While we don’t know yet all the details in this latest tragic shooting, we know that too often our schools and communities are being devastated by gun violence," Jean-Pierre said. "Schools should be safe spaces for our kids to grow and learn and for our educators to teach."

She then noted that Biden "has taken more action than any president in history on gun safety," from nearly two dozen executive actions to signing bipartisan legislation on gun control, but that "He also believes it’s not enough. We must do more. And he wants Congress to act, because enough is enough."

Jean-Pierre proceeded to remind everyone of the president's call for more gun control laws during his State of the Union address in February, and said, "How many more children have -- have to be murdered before Republicans in Congress will step up and act to pass the assault weapons ban; to close loopholes in our background -- in our -- in our background check system; or to require the safe storage of guns?"

Details don't fit pre-set narratives

Yet, as Jean-Pierre herself noted, not all of the details of the incident were known at that time, and not all of the details that have been released since then fit into the typical post-shooting narratives of Democrats, nor is it clear that any or all of the Democratic gun control proposals she lambasted Republicans for not agreeing to pass would have prevented the shooting from occurring.

Per a series of updates from NBC News based on information provided by Nashville police, the shooter was identified as a 28-year-old biological female named Audrey Hale who had proclaimed themself to be a transgender male and went by the name "Aiden." Hale was a former student of Covenant Christian School who reportedly felt "resentment" at having had to attend the religious school as a child.

The police also revealed that Hale had been diagnosed with and been receiving treatment for an "emotional disorder" but that nobody had any inclination that Hale posed a threat of violence until they reached out to a friend and former classmate the night before the shooting to warn that "something bad" was about to happen.

Hale's guns legally purchased

As for the guns used in the shooting, CBS News reported that Nashville police said that Hale had legally purchased seven firearms from five different local gun stores "over the past couple of years" -- three of which were used in the shooting -- and that those weapons had been hidden in her parent's home where she lived ... meaning additional background checks and safe storage laws would have had no impact.

Newsweek reported that the three guns used appeared to be a KelTec Sub2000 pistol caliber carbine with a foldable stock chambered in 9mm, an AR-style pistol with a stabilizing brace chambered in .300 Blackout, and a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm subcompact pistol designed for concealed carry.

Democrats will undoubtedly argue that the KelTec PCC and AR-style pistol with a brace would be banned as "assault weapons," and that so-called "red flag" laws would have allowed for those guns to be seized from Hale due to their "emotional disorder," but the Second Amendment clearly says "shall not be infringed," tens of millions of Americans own those same exact weapons without engaging in mass murder, and "red flag" laws are a grotesque and clearly unconstitutional violation of civil and due process rights.

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