Advocates of transgenderism are pushing back on calls to release the manifesto belonging to the biological woman who shot and killed six at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, even as many on the right demand the release due to concerns the shooter’s actions were motivated by hatred for Christians.
Multiple LGBTQ groups are speaking out against calls to release the manifesto belonging to Audrey Hale, the trans-identified person who police say wreaked havoc at The Covenant School until being swiftly stopped by local officers.
Nashville Police Chief John Drake previously confirmed police “have a manifesto” and “a map of how this was going to play out.”
Nashville police chief confirms Audrey Hale identifies as transgender, suggests her trans identify played a role: "We have a manifesto … and a map of how all of this was going to play out." pic.twitter.com/75KL1yXCCq
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 27, 2023
While police have not released the manifesto, Republicans have called to make it public in a bid to shine light on the shooter’s motivations, following rumors that Hale was motivated by hatred for Christians and radical transgender politics.
“We need to know what was going through this person’s head, and the manifesto should be made public,” Rep. Tim Burchett, of Tennessee, told Fox News earlier this week.
In response, Newsweek reports that left wing LGBTQ groups are calling for more focus on gun control and less focus on the transgender shooter’s mysterious motives.
“It should not be published,” said Jordan Budd, executive director of Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere, to the outlet. “The focus should be on how this was able to happen in the first place. There should not be such easy access to deadly weaponry.”
PFLAG, an organization for LGBTQ support within families, apparently cited the “risk of contagion” and told Newsweek that the manifesto’s “contents don’t change the outcome of the tragedy.”
Even the nominally conservative Log Cabin Republicans joined their left-wing LGBTQ allies on the matter.
“While it would certainly give insight into the motivations of this deeply troubled individual that could help shed light into root causes,” Log Cabin Republicans president Charles Moran told the outlet, “we know from tragedies like this that additional glorification of the shooter could inspire others to take similar violent acts for attention.”
Operating on the suspicion that Hale was inspired by hatred against Christian students, Sen. Josh Hawley has called for an immediate federal hate crime investigation into the attack.
I am calling on FBI Director Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas to open a federal hate crime investigation into the massacre in Nashville – targeting a Christian school 👇 pic.twitter.com/IvzrJUY2ZH
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 28, 2023
“While it would certainly give insight into the motivations of this deeply troubled individual that could help shed light into root causes, we know from tragedies like this that additional glorification of the shooter could inspire others to take similar violent acts for attention,” Hawley wrote in a letter to the DHS and the FBI.
Citing Drake’s prior statements about the Manifesto, Hawley urged a federal investigation to determine “how this crime occurred, and who may have influenced the deranged shooter to carry out these horrific crimes.”