Tennessee Moving Forward With Special Legislative Session On Guns

In light of recent unsettling events, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) has announced a special session of the state legislature to begin on August 21. The session was prompted by a heart-wrenching incident — the shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville, where six lives were tragically taken. The aftermath of the shooting poses significant questions about public safety, mental health, and the core values that Tennessee should prioritize.

One cannot ignore the curious focus of the session. Considering Tennessee’s reputation as a leading state in preserving firearm rights, the breadth of issues it could tackle to guard against an increasingly polarized federal government is vast. Yet, Gov. Lee seems intent on addressing some favorite liberal issues: gun control, Medicaid expansion, and further funds for healthcare institutions that, as critics argue, might further entrench practices of “transing” young children.

A particularly puzzling move by Lee in this session’s announcement is his emphasis on red-flag laws. Such laws would permit the state to mark individuals and authorize the confiscation of their firearms for 180 days – all without proper due process. Also on the table is a proposal requiring DNA collections from anyone arrested for felonies, regardless of whether they are convicted.

Given the Covenant School tragedy’s context, it’s astonishing that the governor has refrained from a deeper investigation into the shooter’s background. Despite the links established between female-to-male transgender testosterone treatments and heightened violent tendencies, the state’s focus seems to be on the weapon and not the wielder. Isn’t it more pertinent to delve deeper into the underlying causes?

Evidence suggests that specific demographics, particularly those with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, are notably susceptible to the transgender agenda. There’s an alarming connection between autism and gender dysphoria. The Covenant shooter, biologically female, was autistic and had “transitioned” to male.

The numbers don’t lie. A significant study from the University of Cambridge revealed that individuals with gender dysphoria had a staggering risk of autism, up to 12 times higher. Another research from the Netherlands showcased that 20% of those with gender dysphoria also suffered from autism spectrum disorder.

These aren’t ordinary statistics. With the prevalence of autism rising from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 36, there’s a growing necessity to scrutinize the push toward transgenderism and the correlated upsurge in autism.

Prominent epidemiologist and cardiologist Peter McCullough weighed in on the matter. He stated that there are “certainly outbursts of anger, inability to control various emotional states” in autistic individuals. When such conditions are compounded with hormonal treatments, the outcomes can be disastrous for both the individual and society. He stressed that treatments that significantly increase mortality risks would typically be removed from the market.

Yet, instead of tackling these underlying issues, Lee seems keen on channeling millions of dollars to the institutions that could encourage these trends. If Tennessee’s legislators have the welfare of their citizens at heart, they’d pivot the session’s focus to the potentially dangerous push to transgenderism and address the rise in autism. In addition, they should prioritize legislation that addresses actual criminals, not innocent citizens.

In a statement, Gov. Lee expressed his dedication to preserving “the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” noting that the state remains “vigilant” in the face of evolving public safety threats.