Community leaders react to mass shooting at Collierville Kroger

Councilman JB Smiley, Jr.’s statement on the mass shooting:

“Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. –Matthew 5:4

I mourn for the families impacted by today’s mass shooting in Collierville and for the peacefulness and security that all in this community may never know again.

When we go to the grocery store, or the pharmacy, or the movies, we shouldn’t have to worry about who is carrying a gun and we shouldn’t have to worry about not being able to return home to our families. But permitless carry laws further erode this sense of security.

Violent crime is not something that is confined to the inner-city. It plagues every corner of Tennessee as we saw with the violence today in Collierville. However, peace of mind does not come with more handguns in the hands of more untrained and unpermitted people. I stand with the law enforcement community and the overwhelming majority of gun owners who agree that high safety standards for gun ownership and common-sense rules for carrying weapons are critical to keeping our communities safe.

Everyone deserves to be safe in their homes and in their communities. I want to thank all of our law enforcement for their bravery during today’s mass shooting. I pray for everyone in Collierville tonight and for the families and friends of those impacted by today’s violence. I pray that they will once again feel safe and feel peace in their community and that we all will be able to work together toward building a better Tennessee.”

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