Tennessee pastors, mother of shooting victim speak out against permitless gun carry bill

Tennessee pastors, mother of shooting victim speak out against permitless gun carry bill

“The last thing we need is a governor who chooses to be deaf to the cries of the people,” said Eugene Se’Bree, associate pastor of Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church. The Southern Christian Coalition spoke outside the Tennessee State Capitol Tuesday in opposition of the bill. The group is sending a letter to the governor and the Tennessee General Assembly asking them to drop it. “It is a slap in the face because I feel since my son was murdered I don’t think they’ve done anything, and I think this is the worst that they’ve done so far,” she said. “The bill is focused on the protection and the expansion of Second Amendment rights and liberties, but it’s also really a part of what is, for me, a public safety agenda,” said Lee. Speaking in Memphis Tuesday, Memphis Police Department Director Mike Rallings said passing the bill would be “catastrophic” and took aim at the governor for what he called a symbolic victory lap. “Governor Lee continuously touts his commitment to faith and his religious community and the values and morals that he says underpins his every day actions,” said Se’Bree. “Where are your values and morals now?” “Please, please listen to law enforcement and public safety experts, families that are personally affected by such horrific and traumatic acts of violence and vote against this law,” said Se’Bree. The permitless carry bill has already passed in the state Senate. The House Finance, Ways and Means Committee took it up […]

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