The devastating school shooting that occurred in Nashville has been attributed to Audrey Hale, a member of the transgender community who identified as he/him. Hale was a former student of the Christian school.
While reporting about the tragedy, ABC News connected the shooting to recent legislation passed in the state of Tennessee. The bill limited access to minors who wanted gender reassignment healthcare as well as putting limitations on drag shows.
ABC’s Terry Moran explained, “She’s a former student of the school and confirmed that Audrey Hale identified herself as a transgender person. The State of Tennessee earlier this month passed a bill that banned transgender medical care for minors, as well as a law that prohibited adult entertainment for minors, as well as a law that prohibited adult entertainment including male and female impersonators, after a series of drag show controversies in that state.”
The bill referenced by ABC News primarily prohibits drag shows on public property and near schools, making it the first of its kind. It also plans to prevent healthcare providers from prescribing puberty blockers or hormones and performing gender-affirming surgeries for transgender minors. The bill would take affect July 1 of this year.
Six individuals, including three children, were killed. Hale, a 28-year-old resident of Nashville, carried two assault rifles and a pistol, but was eventually killed by the police.
IT BEGINS: ABC's Terry Moran ties the Nashville school shooting to Tennessee's recently-passed legislation banning the hormonization and mutilation of minors. The shooter was 28. pic.twitter.com/MfKdOpQZIf
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