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Gun-Toting Nashville Republican Torched For Response To School Shooting



Gun-loving Tennessee congressman Andy Ogles, who represents the Nashville district that includes the school where six people were shot dead on Monday, sparked widespread criticism after he offered “thoughts and prayers” to the victims’ families without addressing the gun problem in America.

“My family and I are devastated by the tragedy that took place at The Covenant School in Nashville this morning,” Ogles said in a statement. “We are sending our thoughts and prayers to the families of those lost. As a father of three, I am utterly heartbroken by this senseless act of violence. I am closely monitoring the situation and working with local officials.”

Ogles represents Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, which includes The Covenant School. A 28-year-old killed three students ― all aged between 8 and 9 ― and three adults at the private Christian school on Monday, police said. The shooter, who authorities said was wielding a rifle, an assault rifle-style pistol and a handgun, died after being shot by police.

On his campaign website, Ogles said he would “fight tirelessly” to protect Second Amendment rights. It states: “Disarming the people is the most effective way to enslave them, and we must remain vigilant when anyone seeks to erode our civil liberties.”

His response to the massacre attracted swift backlash from Democrats, gun control advocates and other social media users, who highlighted a gun-glorifying Christmas photo he posted on Facebook in 2021. In the image, Ogles and his family, including children, pose with large firearms.

“How much more bloodshed will it take?” Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) tweeted. “It’s. The. Guns.”

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