Candace Owens, one of the hosts over at the Daily Wire, has now joined an effort comprised of Tennessee lawmakers, political figures, and non-profit organizations on Wednesday to demand that authorities at the local, state, and federal level release the Covenant School shooter’s manifesto after burying it for the last four months. You and I both know that had this been a public school shooting and the evil perpetrator had been a white guy with a manifesto, it would have been plastered all over the media because the left would have been chomping at the bit to make it look like the suspect was some sort of radical right-wing white supremacist.
Funny, when the shoe is on the other foot, they will go to any length to not allow folks to see the truth.
“Owens, a resident of Nashville, spoke at a press conference outside the Davidson County Courthouse in Tennessee hosted by 2024 Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and alongside members of the national non-profit Faith and Freedom Coalition. The speakers stood in unison, calling on Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Nashville Metro Police Department, and the FBI to release the documents,” the Daily Wire reported.
“I don’t want to speak to you as somebody who is a political commentator today,” Owens commented. “I really want to speak to you as somebody who is an expecting mother and a mother to two young children — a two-year-old and a one-year-old — about what I think we all felt in this community that morning.”
“On March 27, 2023, the shooter, a trans-identifying 28-year-old woman whom The Daily Wire is not naming to avoid giving notoriety to shooters, went on a rampage inside The Covenant School, a Presbyterian-affiliated pre-K-6 school, where she killed six people, including three 9-year-olds — Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9; Hallie Scruggs, 9; William Kinney, 9 — and three staff members — headmaster Katherine Koonce, 60; Cynthia Peak, 61; and Mike Hill, 61,” the report stated.
I totally understand why the DW doesn’t want to release the name, but it’s already printed everywhere else so it’s a little late to try and keep the individual responsible for this crime a secret. It’s a biological woman named Audrey Hale, who identified as a male.
“It happened really right in my backyard, and I was behind that school just 13 minutes before the shooter was there,” Owens added. “So this literally hit home for me.”
Just 14 minutes after the call was made to law enforcement authorities, two Nashville Metro Police officers located the suspect in the school and opened fire, killing Hale.
“We saw acts of heroism that I think are rarely displayed today, especially in the climate of cowardice that exists,” Owens explained. “It was a climate of cowardice that permitted that individual to execute such a horrific crime against young children, of course, but the answer to that cowardice was extreme heroism, and we need more heroism in this society.”
Not much is known about Hale’s motive for the shooting, however, just hours after the incident occurred, federal and local authorities searched her property and discovered five laptops, a suicide note, two memoirs, five Covenant School yearbooks, and seven cellphones. They also found more writings inside Hale’s vehicle, located in the Covenant School parking lot.
It’s been sort of a long-standing tradition that within 48 hours, police release the manifesto of a school shooter after it is recovered by authorities. However, Hale’s writings have been kept a secret for months now, leading many individuals to believe that perhaps the fact the shooter was transgender is playing a factor in their decision to not release the manifesto.
“When it was a transgender individual who committed that shooting — in this particular instance — they have chosen, without explanation, not to release it and even to renege against a prior commitment to release it; that does not build trust,” Ramaswamy went on to say.
“Nashville Metro Police initially claimed they would release the writings, but have since balked due to an ongoing investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation while battling a number of lawsuits filed against the local law enforcement,” the report continued. “Some documents obtained by law enforcement indicated the shooter had been planning a massacre at the private Christian elementary school for months and considered ‘the actions of other mass murderers.'”
Officials at the school, along with parents, have requested the manifesto stay private, saying they are concerned for their safety, while also making the case their rights as victims go beyond the open records law.
“We, of course, understand that portions may have to be redacted for whatever reason,” the popular conservative commentator said. “But redact those portions and allow us to examine it because what happened here in my backyard still haunts me today … as a mother … as an American citizen. And I know I’m not the only person that it haunts.”
“This happens to the most vulnerable people in our nation,” she stated in conclusion. “This happens at an elementary school. We are not going to forget this in Nashville. Open the manifesto.”