In a proactive move, Tennessee House Republicans have formally requested the Nashville Police Chief to disclose the writings and toxicology reports of the trans-identifying individual who tragically ended the lives of six people at a Christian school in March.
State House Republicans, guided by House Speaker Cameron Sexton and House Republican Caucus Chair Jeremy Faison, submitted the request on Monday. They believe that this information is crucial for understanding the motivations of the assailant before the special session called by Republican Governor Bill Lee.
The letter explains, “For the success of this special session, it is essential we comprehend the behavior and motives of the Covenant School perpetrator. We respectfully ask for the release of the perpetrator’s writings, relevant medical records, and toxicology reports.”
Addressed to Chief John Drake, the letter initiates by expressing gratitude to the Metro Nashville Police Department for their swift action during the mass shooting that claimed the lives of three 9-year-old students and three staff members.
The letter, endorsed by 66 Republican representatives, further notes, “Our common goal and duty are the safety and well-being of Tennesseans. Releasing these records is crucial for the General Assembly to devise effective solutions to prevent future acts of violence. The citizens of our state and their elected representatives need adequate time to review them.”
Governor Lee, who recently sanctioned a $230 million bill to enhance school safety measures, has scheduled a special session for August 21 to contemplate potential gun legislation. He has proposed a “red flag” law, which he refers to as an “order of protection law.”
However, GOP lawmakers in the state assembly have been hesitant towards “red flag” style legislation, citing concerns over infringements on Second Amendment rights. They also wish to gain more insight into the shooter’s motive before considering any new legislation.
Jeremy Faison commented on Monday, “These heinous acts claimed the lives of six Christians. The people of Tennessee are insisting that we take action. To pass meaningful legislation that effectively deters such targeted attacks, we must have all the facts to make informed decisions.”
The Nashville police have currently withheld the shooter’s manifesto due to ongoing legal proceedings. An unredacted copy was submitted for review to a Davidson County judge last Friday.