Thousands of leftist activists demanding gun control stormed the Tennessee State Capitol on Thursday afternoon.
Immediately, the treatment of these protesters compared to those on January 6 became a topic of discussion on social media — with right-wing commentators referring to the Tennessee Capitol breach as an “insurrection.”
🚨Breaking News: Protestors have taken over the Tennessee State Capital.
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) March 30, 2023
All of these people must be arrested by the FBI and thrown in solitary confinement for at least a year. Democracy depends on it. pic.twitter.com/j8ehKdTTjg
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 30, 2023
JUST IN: Left win protestors have breached Tennessee Capitol..
— The American Tribune (@TAmTrib) March 30, 2023
TRANSURRECTION: Leftists targeting Tennessee lawmakers block hallways of state capitol in Nashvillepic.twitter.com/qIbsYoNDXL
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 30, 2023
Before the building was breached, Tennessee State Representative Justin Jones spoke at a rally outside.
“No action, no peace,” said Rep. Jones. “I just walked out of the house chamber because nothing we are talking about in there is important as we are talking about our here.”
Rep. Jones appeared to be stoking the tension throughout the rally and subsequent building storming. He also went into the building with the protesters and began confronting his peers.
Significant confrontation here from Democratic leadership, @brotherjones_ and @Justinjpearson and Leader Karen Camper.
House galleries are now being cleared. pic.twitter.com/3ON5klyFgK
— Vivian Jones (@Vivian_E_Jones) March 30, 2023
Fox 17 Nashville reports, “the politician and activist also added that lawmakers inside the capitol building are ‘scared’ and said to close the doors because they did not want to hear people rallying for gun laws.”
Rep. Justin Jones yells at his colleagues as they push through the crowd.
“Shameful,” he says pic.twitter.com/ImVlEaoTmG
— Kirsten Fiscus (@KDFiscus) March 30, 2023
BREAKING: Protestors have taken over the Tennessee State Capital.
Is this an insurrection? pic.twitter.com/Zm0YWFjPRs
— TaraBull (@TaraBull808) March 30, 2023
The rally was in response to a transgender school shooter, Audrey Hale, 28, killing three nine-year-old children and three adult staff members at the Covenant School in Nashville on Monday.
Editor’s Note: The situation at the Capitol is ongoing, and Timcast News will continue to provide updates as they become available.