maxresdefault“Our hearts are with everyone in Orlando and across the world as we grieve the most-deadly mass shooting in our country’s history. The people who lost their lives were travel agents and doctors, teachers and students. They were brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. There were people enjoying a night out with friends and loved ones.

That said, we’re furious that in the wake of this tragedy, state Rep. Andy Holt is being such a reckless and irresponsible gun owner. Responsible gun owners don’t give away guns without background checks. Responsible gun owners make sure that guns are safely and securely stored to prevent access by children or irresponsible adults. Responsible gun owners don’t put guns in the hands of strangers. Andy Holt doesn’t know if he’s putting th
e winning raffle ticket in the hands of the next mass shooter.

We’re also furious that when 18% of all hate crimes are committed against the LGBTQ+ community, Andy Holt continues to fan the flames of hatred towards that community by making jokes that demean them and statements that blatantly define them as different, wrong, and scary.

Love will triumph over hate, it always does. But in the meantime, Andy Holt, please, just stop.” — Mary Mancini, Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party