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The National Center for Transgender Equality's Statement on Nashville Tragedy

Nashville, Tennessee – In response to Monday’s tragedy in Nashville, the National Center for Transgender Equality grieves alongside The Covenant Presbyterian School community and those who have been harmed by yet another senseless act of violence. Compounding this tragedy is that fact that this is the 130th mass shooting in the United States in 2023, and over 100 people are killed by a firearm each day. Despite these facts, Tennessee lawmakers are working to weaken the state’s gun laws and Tennessee has no laws regulating the purchase and possession of assault weapons.

As the investigation ensues, more details surrounding this tragedy will be revealed in the coming days and weeks. Regardless of the perpetrator’s identity, it is important to understand that one person’s actions do not reflect an entire community. Statistically, we know that transgender and non-binary people are far more likely to be the victims of violence, rather than perpetrators.

While we may never know the reasoning behind this attack, we do know that this act of violence was a preventable tragedy. We are calling for immediate, measurable actions to be taken to strengthen our gun laws and protect our communities.

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