Thursday, May 30, 2024

Tenn. Republicans Seek Toxicology Report, Medical Records of Nashville Trans Killer

'If we hope to pass meaningful legislation that effectively deters this kind of targeted attack, we must have all the facts to make informed decisions...'

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Tennessee Republicans penned a letter, signed by 66 elected officials, to the Nashville chief of police requesting the toxicology report of the transgender shooter who killed three adults and three children at a Christian school in March.

House Speaker Cameron Sexton and Republican Caucus Chair Jeremy Faison sent the letter Monday, suggesting that such information is essential to understanding the motivations of the killer, the Daily Wire reported.

“It is paramount we understand the behavior and motives of the Covenant School perpetrator,” the letter said. “We respectfully request the release of the perpetrator’s writings as well as relevant medical records and toxicology reports.”

They sent the letter to John Drake, chief of the Metro Nashville Police Department, thanking MNPD officers for their heroic actions that day and requesting that the pertinent information on the killer be released to the public.

“We are united in our shared common goal and duty to protect the safety and well-being of Tennesseans,” the letter said.

“The release of these records is critical to the General Assembly’s ability to construct effective solutions that can prevent future acts of violence,” it added. “The citizens of this state and their elected representatives must have adequate time to review them.”

On Monday, Faison reiterated that the vital information must be released to the public if the state is to adequately address the problem and secure the safety of its citizens.

“The perpetrator of these horrific acts murdered six Christians, and Tennesseans have demanded we take action,” he said. “If we hope to pass meaningful legislation that effectively deters this kind of targeted attack, we must have all the facts to make informed decisions.”

Police so far have also refused to release the shooter’s manifesto—a stunning reversal after initial promises to release the information to the public after the FBI got involved.

Metro Nashville Council Member Courtney Johnston said that the FBI effectively made the decision.

“What I was told is, her manifesto was a blueprint on total destruction, and it was so, so detailed at the level of what she had planned,” Johnston said. “That document in the wrong person’s hands would be astronomically dangerous.”

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