Bloomberg Gun Control Group Spending Six Figures to Pressure Tennessee GOP to Adopt Red Flag Law

FRANKFORT, KY - JANUARY 31: Calvin Pinkston, 61, of Louisville, Ky., stands in the rotunda of the State Capitol holding a semi-autoimaric rifle on January 31, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky. Open carry of loaded firearms is permitted throughout the Capitol, except in the chambers of the Supreme Court. Advocates from …
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Mike Bloomberg-affiliated Everytown for Gun Safety has launched a six-figure marketing campaign designed to pressure Tennessee state Republican legislators into supporting a red flag law during Gov. Bill Lee’s (R) special legislative session.

On April 23, 2023, Breitbart News reported that Lee called a special session for gun control after the regular session ended without a vote on new gun legislation. Lee, once a stalwart for Second Amendment rights, caved to the left in the weeks after a 28-year-old transgender shot and killed six people at a Nashville Christian school.

Everytown is now pouring money into an ad campaign in hopes of convincing the Republican-controlled state legislature to adopt more gun control.

The campaign ads “focus on driving constituent contact to state lawmakers during the upcoming special session in support of an Extreme Risk law to protect Tennesseeans from gun violence and urge lawmakers to take action.”

California has a red flag law and so many other gun controls that Everytown ranks California the number one state for gun control. Nevertheless, California was also the number one state for “active shooter incidents” in 2021.

Moreover, Illinois has a red flag law, yet at least 25 people were shot Friday through Sunday afternoon alone in Chicago. Six of those shooting victims succumbed to their wounds.

FILE - Chicago mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson participates in a public safety forum in Chicago, Tuesday, March 14, 2023. How best to manage Chicago’s financial challenges is among the many issues separating candidates Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas heading into the April 4 runoff for mayor. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

Then-mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson participates in a public safety forum in Chicago, Tuesday, March 14, 2023 (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File).

FLASHBACK: Joe Biden Calls for National “Red Flag” Gun Law

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Colorado has a red flag law, yet some of our nation’s highest-profile mass shootings in recent years have occurred in Colorado, including the November 2022 shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs.

An FBI agent walks outside of Club Q, the site of a weekend mass shooting, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in 2010, a speaker at the 2023 Western Conservative Summit, and he 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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