Gun Control Activist Shannon Watts Blames Nashville Shooting on Permitless Carry Before Any Details Known

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, leads a news conference with Senate Democrat
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Mike Bloomberg gun control affiliate Shannon Watts blamed the shooting at the Nashville-area Covenant School on permitless carry before any details about the incident were known.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) tweeted about the incident at 11 a.m. central time, noting they had engaged the gunman and he was dead.

Forty-three minutes later, Watts tweeted, “Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee hasn’t had time yet to tweet his thoughts and prayers for Covenant School, but when he does, remind him that this is exactly why police and citizens opposed the permitless carry bill he signed into law at a gun maker’s factory in 2021.”

The only detail about the shooting that was learned in the 43 minutes between the MNPD tweet and Watts’s tweet were reports that three students were killed in the incident.

There was no description of the attacker, or the kind of gun he used, or the means by which the gun was acquired.

Tennessee is one of 25 states that allow the permitless carry of handguns for self-defense by law-abiding citizens. Permitless carry does not shield the carry and use of handguns for crime.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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