On Tuesday (March 28), former House Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) weighed in on the fatal shooting at a private Christian school in Nashville, Tenn., calling for there to be more focus on gun violence at schools and less on book bans.
Cheney was echoing remarks made by the “TODAY” show’s Jenna Bush Hager.
Bush Hager and Cheney’s comments came after a heavily armed former student broke into the Covenant School in Nashville before killing three students and three staff members on Monday (March 27).
Soon after the shooter, identified as former student 28-year-old Audrey Haley, arrived on the scene, she was fatally shot dead by officers when arriving on the scene.
During Tuesday morning’s episode of the “TODAY” show, BushHager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, gave an impassioned comment regarding the deadly shooting.
Bush Hager relayed having a friend in Nashville, which meant she knew of one of the 9-year-olds killed in Monday’s shooting and described being unable to fathom what it would be like never to hug her own 9-year-old again after she dropped her off at school.
Bush Hager then took aim at how Red states were more concerned about banning certain children’s books than protecting kids’ safety.
She lamented how states were more focused on “Judy Blume and other books that are important to the history, to the fabric of our country” than “sending our kids to schools where they’re not safe,” she then queries what was happening to America.
Cheney took to Twitter on Tuesday, thanking Bush Hager for her remarks, asserting that ensuring the safety of children meant spending “less time banning books” and more time preventing gun violence in schools.