Local, state leaders respond to Antioch church shooting

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State and local lawmakers and leaders are offering their condolences after a gunman opened fire at a church in Antioch on Sept. 24, 2017, killing one person and injuring eight others, including himself.

Mayor Megan Barry

Sheriff Daron Hall

Gov. Bill Haslam

Sen. Lamar Alexander

Sen. Bob Corker

TN Rep. Jason Powell 

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett

Rep. Beth Harwell

Franklin Police Department

Mt. Juliet Police Lt. Tyler Chandler

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

I’m heartbroken to hear that once again a place for peace and prayer became a scene of horror and fear. My heart is with the people of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, their families, and the first responders who rushed to the scene. Places like churches, schools, and neighborhood parks should always be safe spaces, where families and friends can gather without fear of violence. But that’s not the America we’re living in today. Shootings like the one that happened at the church in Tennessee this morning are occurring at an alarming rate: already this year there have been 264 mass shootings in America. This is not normal. This needs to stop. We’ve got to find the courage to face our nation’s gun violence problem together and demand a safer future for our children.

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