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The Tennessee Conservative [By Kelly M. Jackson] –
Last Thursday, the Tennessee State House of Representatives was inundated with several hundred people who were there to protest and demand gun control legislation in the wake of the mass shooting that occurred earlier in the week at Covenant Christian school in Green Hills.
A former student, Audrey Hale, who identified as a transgender man, was responsible for the six individuals who were killed, 3 students and 3 staff.
In the wake of that mass protest, Democrat State Legislators Justin Jones (D-D52-Nashville), Gloria Johnson (D-District 90-Knoxville) and Justin Pearson (D-D86-Memphis) used the House Floor Session to indulge their activist inclinations and effectively take over the house floor, shouting along with the protestors outside “NO Justice, NO Peace!”.
In what was according to eyewitness accounts and social media posts, a coordinated stunt, Jones, Johnson, and Jones, utilized a bull horn and made their way to the front of the House chamber floor, taking over The Well, or the official area of the chamber where legislation is presented for consideration, and began to shout.
The stunt interrupted House business for nearly an hour and ended with the 3 wayward lawmakers being escorted out and helping to further excite the large mob outside the chamber, made up mostly of people that were college age or younger.
The outburst had extended consequences for the remaining democrats who did not involve themselves in the display, because the House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-D44-Portland) along with all the rest of the Republican supermajority, froze out any and all bills being proposed by Democrat legislators from being presented to the body that day for consideration
The three legislators could face serious consequences from House leadership, including a loss of committee seats, their office spaces, and even being expelled from seats in the legislature. If there is going to be any action taken it will likely occur sooner rather than later, as the end of the legislative session will commence sometime around the third week of this month.
There is debate within the conservative political community as to whether or not the mob that forced their way into the Capitol would be considered an “insurrection”.
Speaker Cameron Sexton was interviewed by WKRN, and in that interview inferred the actions of his colleagues inside the chamber that day were like that of an insurrection.
He said “It was an insurrection, and even the media who’ve been covering it calls it was an insurrection,” Sexton said during the interview. “They were trying to incite people, they incited people in the balcony to be disorderly and disruptive to shut us down and try to make us adjourn, which I refused to adjourn. We finished the people’s work.”
Others would maintain, that while the crowd was at times unruly, as that of the crowd that day in Washington DC, it did not rise to the definition of an insurrection because there was no true revolt against the government in either case, but rather a protest that was meant to get legislator’s attention, in an effort to make change.
With a few weeks left in the legislative session, whatever consequences occur, they will be imposed in the next week or two. We will keep our readers informed as the situation continues to develop.
About the Author: Kelly Jackson is a recent escapee from corporate America, and a California refugee to Tennessee. Christ follower, Wife and Mom of three amazing teenagers. She has a BA in Comm from Point Loma Nazarene University, and has a background in law enforcement and human resources. Since the summer of 2020, she has spent any and all free time in the trenches with local grassroots orgs, including Mom’s for Liberty Williamson County and Tennessee Stands as a core member. Outspoken advocate for parents rights, medical freedom, and individual liberty. Kelly can be reached at email@example.com.