Moms upset with Marsha Blackburn over NRA money host rally in downtown Franklin

(Fox 17 News)

A coalition of moms and supporters held a rally in downtown Franklin on Thursday because they are upset with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn for accepting money from the NRA.

The group was made up of multiple organizations including Moms Demand Action, the Safe Tennessee Project and Indivisible 7.

“Isn’t that a shame that we can’t drop our grandchildren off at school and know that they’re going to be safe,” said Sandra Barrett Hoomani.

She said Rep. Marsha Blackburn isn't protecting school children.

“We expect her to take the lives of our children seriously and more seriously than the money that she’s getting from the NRA,” Barrett Hoomani said.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan group that tracks political contributions, Blackburn has received $29,000 from the NRA since 2002. The group of moms says that’s a move that puts more guns on the streets and more kids’ lives in jeopardy.

“Absolutely this is a concern for students in elementary school all the way through high school and college,” said Joey Glasglow.

Glasglow was born in Franklin and is currently a sophomore at the University of Dayton.

Fox 17 News reached out to Blackburn for comment. We have not heard back yet from her communications team.

Meanwhile, gun groups like the Tennessee Firearms Association are speaking out.

“How would it be different then a politician accepting money from Planned Parenthood,” said John Harris, executive director of the TFA.

Harris says guns aren’t the problem, and neither is a politician taking money from the NRA.

“This falls in that category of never let a tragedy go to waste," Harris said. "(People) build up the steam, the rhetoric and the emotion to further your agenda which really doesn’t have anything to do with keeping the kids safe in schools."

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