GOP lawmakers turn to ‘anti-trans rhetoric’ after Nashville shooting

On Tuesday’s NBC “Hallie Jackson Now” show, NBC News host and senior Washington correspondent Hallie Jackson said that in the wake of the Nashville school shooting, lawmakers Conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives are “going” “from changing gun laws” to “anti-trans rhetoric or calling it a hate crime against Christians.”

While discussing the prospect of federal gun control legislation passing in Congress in the wake of the Nashville shooting and opposition to new gun control measures by Republicans in Congress with NBC News senior national political reporter Sahil Kapur, Jackson said, “The conversation also pivots, as far as some more conservative lawmakers are concerned, from changing gun laws to something like mental health , For example. Other Republicans to anti-trans rhetoric or call it a hate crime against Christians. It seems that’s where the conversation is going, at least in the House of Representatives.

Kapur replied, “Yes, there has been a long list that has evolved over the years where many pro-gun lawmakers have pointed blame. It started with video games, we talk a lot about mental health, alienation. Now we focus on the fact that the shooter was apparently transgender. But the bottom line is that Republicans don’t want to tighten gun laws, and therefore a number of these other explanations come up.

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