Days after last week's shooting, thousands of demonstrators flooded the Tennessee state Capitol to decry GOP lawmakers' inaction in the face of deadly gun violence.
Inside the House chamber, Democratic Reps. Justin Jones, Gloria Johnson, and Justin Pearson took to the podium with a bullhorn and led demonstrators in chants supporting gun control legislation.
The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators said in a statement that "this political retribution is unconstitutional and, in this moment, morally bankrupt.".
"—to which Republican House Speaker Cameron Sexton responded by ordering the galleries cleared and calling on state troopers to remove protesters.
Far from backing gun control legislation, Tennessee Republicans have sought to make firearms even more readily accessible in recent years.
"THE PEOPLE are demanding we act to stop kids from being murdered in school," Jones wrote on Twitter.
This story has been updated with a statement from the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators. »