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Submitted by Connor Buckingham [Forge and Anvil] –
On Wednesday, August 2nd, presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy held a press conference on the steps of the Davidson County Courthouse to address the lack of transparency surrounding the manifesto of the covenant school shooter.
Vivek was joined by popular commentator Candace Owens as well as Aaron Gulbransen and Aaron Spradin of Tennessee Faith and Freedom Coalition.
Ramaswamy began his speech by holding a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting as well as giving praise to the officers who heroically put an end to the violence.
Ramaswamy went on to call for the release of shooter’s manifesto and brought up multiple past shootings where the perpetrators manifesto was released within 48 hours including Allen, TX; Buffalo, NY; Charleston, SC; and so on.
He also brought up Governor Bill Lee’s promise made on April 27th to have the manifesto released and has yet to follow through. Ramaswamy demanded that Governor Lee, the Nashville Police Department, and the FBI release the manifesto.
Proactively handling know criticisms of safety concerns, Ramaswamy clarified “I understand that there are legitimate concerns. That we do not want details released that would motivate copy cats. I don’t want that. The fellow Americans who earnestly have called for the release of this manifesto, they don’t want that either. And I want to go on record and say that it would be perfectly reasonable for the police to redact any sections of this manifesto that lay out specific plans that lay out specific premeditated plots on details of execution that could be copied by another individual, but what we do need to know is this killers motives. This killers psychological state of mind. The truth of the matter is that we have a mental health epidemic in this country that is driving a wave of violence around this country, and we’re going to have to deeply understand it if we are to address it. History teaches us that we make our worst policy decisions as a nation when we suppress the truth off the back of a tragedy.”
He then went on to draw similarities between the censorship on Covid policy to the censorship surrounding the covenant shooting.
“The right answer is to speak the truth, and the path to truth runs to transparency from the government,” Ramaswamy said.
Ramaswamy drew attention to Bill Lee’s plans to convene a special session on August 21st to call for anti-gun measures to be passed throughout the state. The presidential candidate then implied that the best solutions may include school security as opposed to gun restriction.
Ramaswamy ended his speech by saying, “We the people in the United state of America, we can handle the truth. That is what we fought our revolution to secure in 1776. That is what we must revive to create and restore a government that is truly accountable to the people. I want to this…by saying my hearts go out to the families of the victims who suffered in this tragedy. I cannot imagine what you are going through. I am so grateful to the two officers who took great risk, made the ultimate sacrifice taking that risk to make sure this tragedy wasn’t any worse than it already was. The best we can to move forward is to discover exactly what happened so that we may hope and we may pray and we do our part to make sure that something like this never happens again.”
You can watch the full press conference here on Rumble or below:
About the Author: Connor Buckingham is a conservative, Tennessee transplant originally from the west coast. He is currently the host of the podcast, Forge and Anvil which breaks down some of the biggest news stories of the week from a Christian perspective.