Antioch tragedy underscores the need for better protections from gun violence

Sending our condolences to the families of the four victims, and fighting for a better future

April 23, 2018 (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — After a gunman shot and killed four people at a Waffle House early Sunday, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party Mary Mancini released the following statement:

“Our deepest condolences continue to go out to the families of those who were lost: Taurean C. Sanderlin, Joe R. Perez, DeEbony Groves and Akilah DaSilva, and to those injured in the attack who are still recovering,” Mancini said. “We also want to extend our gratitude to James Shaw, Jr., for his heroic efforts that likely saved the lives of many. As we grieve this tragedy, we also have an imperative to stop events like this from happening by implementing common-sense gun reform that keeps weapons of war out of the hands of these perpetrators.”

At 2:30pm today, State Senator Jeff Yarbro will introduce legislation to close loopholes for gun purchases. Follow the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus for live coverage.

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