After school shooting, Nashville grieves and ponders its divisions

  • Children sign a cross at an entry to Covenant School, Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn., which has become a memorial to the victims of Monday's deadly school shooting. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Shortly after the shooting rampage that left six people dead this week at a Nashville, Tennessee, elementary school, state Sen. Charlane Oliver, a first-term Democrat who represents a large chunk of the city, stood before reporters and wiped away her tears. Then she laced into her Republican colleagues for systematically loosening the state’s gun laws when, she said, they should have been tightened.