Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Amy Grant, kacey musgraves, Jason IsbelAccording to a report, Maren Morris, Margo Price, Mickey Guyton, Kelsea Ballerin, and dozens of other Nashville top musicians are calling for the Tennessee General Assembly to pass “common sense gun safety law” before attorneys end their session a few days later. Tennessee. (Full list of signatories below.)
The letter calls for extreme risk protection laws and legislation that strengthens requirements for the safe storage of firearms. The letter was written after the deadly Covenant School attack last month in which three adults and three nine-year-olds were killed. This was only the 19th shooting at a school or university in 2023; It was one of hundreds of mass shootings in a country with a government that refused to pass more sweeping gun control laws, largely because of the Republic impediment.
“Gun violence is not inevitable in Tennessee,” the group said. We are not hopeless and will not accept inaction. This doesn’t have to be our normal and we ask you to stand by us! We know gun safety laws work. Policies such as extreme risk protection laws and safe storage of firearms can save lives. And we ask that you stay logged in until these policies take effect.”
The letter was delivered to state attorneys by a group of artists, including Crow, Grant, Ruby Amanfu, and Will Hoge, who spoke with Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and others.
“We must put the safety of our children above politics and private interests,” the group said in its letter. “We appreciate Governor Lee’s steps towards building a safer community against gun violence, but we believe these are only the first steps in improving safety for our children and Tennessee residents. It’s time to take effective action to keep guns out of dangerous hands before shooting begins.”
State Governor Bill Lee last week pleaded with lawyers to pass the extreme risk law, an emergency court action that allows law enforcement to temporarily confiscate weapons from anyone deemed a risk to themselves or others. The new poll shows strong bipartisan support for extreme risk laws, often referred to as “red flag” laws in Tennessee.
“Anything pushed into a later agenda loses momentum,” Grant said. “There’s too much pain to lose momentum.”
The letter was signed by:
I am the Chancellor
Drew and Ellie Holcomb
Sixpence None Richer
Stream and Bluff
T. J. Osborne