Republican lawmakers have moved to expel three Democrats after they allegedly violated rules during their gun control protest. Reports say this protest was a condemnation of the state’s lawmakers after the shooting incident in a school in Nashville.On April 3, Republican lawmakers Gino Bulso, Andrew Farmer, and Bud Hulsey sponsored resolutions in an attempt to expel Democratic lawmakers Justin Pearson, Justin Jones, and Gloria Johnson. This is because the Republicans believed that the Democrats intended to bring disorder to the House of Representatives during their gun control protest last March 30.
According to Guevara, the Republican lawmakers insisted that the Democrats violated the rules of decorum of the chamber during their gun control protest. Nonetheless, reports say the protest was the Democrats’ way to condemn the school shooting incident in Nashville.
Gun Control Protest in Tennessee
An article on the NBC News states that the Republican lawmakers, along with Speaker Cameron Sexton, believed that the Democrats attempted to incite an insurrection. However, Pearson argued that he and his fellow Democrats were only forced to violate the rules of decorum after the Republican supermajority allow anyone to speak during the gun control protest.
Furthermore, reports say the members were removed of committee assignments after the demonstration. Johnson stated that she expected a sanction for the violation, but she did not see the expulsion coming. Nonetheless, Pearson and Johnson stated that their expulsion will not prevent them from joining another gun control protest. Reportedly, the vote for the expulsions will happen tomorrow, April 6.