On Monday, March 27th, six people were killed in a shooting at a K-12 school in Nashville, Tennessee. The Covenant School is a Christian private school associated with the Presbyterian Church in America. Three nine-year-old students were killed, as well as a substitute teacher, the head administrator, and a custodian. The suspect was identified first as a “young female teenager” and then as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, who attended the school and is believed to be a transgender man known as Aiden.
Queer communities, while mourning the losses in Nashville, are already fearing anti-trans repercussions as a result, despite the fact that over 97% of mass shootings in the United States are perpetrated by cisgender men.
Republican Congress member Marjorie Taylor Greene, who previously introduced legislation to make gender-affirming care for trans people a felony, tweeted, “How much hormones like testosterone and medications for mental illness was the transgender Nashville school shooter taking? Everyone can stop blaming guns now.”
The shooter utilized at least three weapons, including two assault rifles and a pistol. Investigators said that at least two of the guns were obtained legally in the Nashville area.
President Biden called on Congress to ban certain types of assault rifles, which he has done many times without success since assuming the Presidency.
On Tuesday, the day after the shooting, he said that he, “can’t do anything [about limiting gun violence] except plead with the Congress to act reasonably.”
Biden also ordered American flags to be flown at half mast until March 31st “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 27, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee.”