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In Nashville, VP Harris Delivers a Powerful Speech on Freedom and Justice.
Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Nashville yesterday to meet with the "Tennessee Three" - Representatives Gloria Johnson, Justin Jones, and Justin Pearson - who had been threatened with expulsion from the Tennessee House of Representatives for protesting against gun violence. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson were both expelled after a full vote by the Tennessee House.
After meeting with the representatives, Harris delivered a powerful speech at Fisk University's Memorial Chapel, in which she called for democracy, freedom, and justice. Her words were a stirring reminder of the urgent need to protect children from gun violence and a rallying cry for all Americans to use their voices to fight for what's right.
Harris began by emphasizing the urgent need to protect children from gun violence. "The children should be able to live and be safe and go to school and not be in fear," she said. "It's been years now where they are taught to read and write and hide in a closet and be quiet if there's a mass shooter at their school, where our children, who have God's capacity to learn and lead, go to school in fear."
She then spoke about the importance of free speech and democracy. "A democracy says you don't silence the people. You do not stifle the people. You don't turn off their microphones when they are speaking," she declared. "You don't turn off their mic when they are talking about the importance of life and liberty."
Harris also touched on the historical context of the fight for freedom and justice. "We are here understanding the broad shoulders upon which we all stand. Those fighters for freedom and liberty and justice," she said. "Those leaders who understood truth must never be stifled or silenced when it is on behalf of the people."
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But the Vice President didn't stop there. She went on to address the false choice that often dominates discussions around gun control. "Let's not fall for the false choice — either you're in favor of the Second Amendment or you want reasonable gun safety laws. We can and should do both," she asserted.
Harris ended her speech with a call to action, urging the audience to continue to use their voices to fight for justice and freedom. "Your voices are part of the conscience of our country," she said. "When we need in these moments in time people who have something in them that is about empathy, about care, about a sense of responsibility for their brother and sister. We need you all."
"We will not be defeated, we will not be deterred, we will not throw up our hands when it's time to roll up our sleeves," she continued. "We will speak with truth, we will speak about freedom and justice, and we will march on."
Harris's words were a stirring reminder of the importance of standing up for what's right, even in the face of adversity. They were a call to action for all Americans who believe in democracy, justice, and the safety of our children.