“Pray for Nashville."
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A number of country music artists have responded to the tragic news of a horrific shooting at a private Presbyterian grade school in Nashville, Tennessee.
According to NBC News, police received calls about the lone gunman at 10.13am CT on Monday, March 27. The shooter, a 28-year-old woman, was carrying two assault rifles and a handgun, and was fatally shot by Metropolitan Nashville Police on the second floor of the school.
“The police department response was swift,” police spokesperson Don Aaron told reporters. “They heard shots coming from the second level. They immediately went to the gunfire. When the officers got to the second level, they saw a shooter, a female, who was firing. The officers engaged her. She was fatally shot by responding police officers. By 10:27 the shooter was deceased.”
The innocent victims include three 9-year-old students, Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, and three employees of the school, Cynthia Peak, Katherine Koonce, and Mike Hill.
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Following the tragedy, Carly Pearce tweeted, “Pray for Nashville. A shooting at a school has occurred. Three children dead. Praying for these babies & their families. Absolutely devastating 💔”
Margo Price shared a link to a news report and responded, “4 dead so far in an elementary school shooting in Nashville this am. Can I ask you, [Tennessee Governor, Bill Lee] why you passed permit less carry in 2021? Our children are dying and being shot in school but you’re more worried about drag queens than smart gun laws? You have blood on your hands.”
Jason Isbell shared Lee’s tweet and added, “Is this what we want? Monitoring the “tragic situation” and asking for prayers? Something can be done Bill you just don’t have the spine for it. This must be what you want, because you haven’t done anything to prevent it.”
Mickey Guyton tweeted, “I try to stay off here for my mental health but for the love of God! As a mother, I’m pissed the fuck off. Shame on every single politician ok with doing nothing as CHILDREN are getting assassinated on an everyday basis in a place that is supposed to be their safe haven.”
Maggie Rose responded via video. She captioned, “Thankful to the police who acted quickly and stopped the shooter, but I would love a similarly swift response from legislators on gun control… but we’ve been here before. To ALL the children in TN and America, you are loved and I’m sorry we keep failing you.”
Brett Young, Katrina Burgoyne, John Osborne, Randy Houser, John Rich, Chris Janson, Sheryl Crow and Cassidy-Rae also responded.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.