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TN Politics: Republicans Dodge Gun Question in Wake of School Shooting

This week, a school shooting atCovenant School in Nashville comes as state lawmakers prepare to debate new gun legislation.

Republicans want looser restrictions on gun ownership, possibly extending those rights to 18-year-olds and arming schoolteachers.

Democrats largely from urban areas believe that more restrictions are necessary as cities have faced record levelsof violence and an epidemic of children both being murdered by weapons and carrying weapons to commit crimes.

This most recent mass shooting comes as Republicans have framed a number of controversial new laws as essential to protecting Tennessee's children from harm. Those dangers include exposure to drag queens andbooks.

But guns are currently the leading cause of death for children.

Political analyst Otis Sanford says that even with major protests in Nashville following this tragedy, he expect lawmakers will do nothing to reduce the murder of children in the state.

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.