Mar 27, 2024 - News

Human chain demonstration planned for today

Children participate in a demonstration of linking arms in support of gun control laws

Participants forming a human chain for gun reforms in April 2023 after The Covenant School shooting. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

New parent groups emerged in the aftermath of The Covenant School shooting to push for gun reforms and other policy changes that might make schools safer.

  • One of those groups, Voices for a Safer Tennessee, is marking the day with a 4-mile human chain stretching from Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to the Tennessee Capitol.

State of play: The group says it needs 13,000 people to complete the chain from 5-5:30pm today. Participants can register online.

What they're saying: "We take strength from being together and sharing our grief, but we also want to share our hope that by working together we can advance meaningful change to reduce preventable firearm tragedies statewide," Erin Rogus, policy director for Voices for a Safer Tennessee, tells Axios in a statement.

Between the lines: While their pursuit of modest gun reforms has fallen flat in the conservative General Assembly, the parents-turned-activists have repeatedly said they were committed to making this a long-term effort.

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