Voices for a Safer Tennessee began forming in the days following The Covenant School shooting in Nashville on March 27, 2023. As our nonpartisan efforts to make Tennessee safer drew more attention to the need for legislative action on gun safety, more people have wanted to know who we are.
Look in the mirror. That’s who we are.
We’re neighbors and friends. We’re Republicans, Democrats, and Independents with varying views on gun ownership. We’re Tennesseans who care about our state and the people who live in it. Especially the young Tennesseans – our children and yours – who are running around assuming we’re doing everything in our power to keep them safe.
Safer TN began as two groups. The first group formed in the halls of the State Capitol when several moms who knew each other happened to be in the same place at the same time with the same purpose in mind: doing something to make Tennessee safer. They decided to host a meeting to share information and ideas with like-minded people. More than 35 attended, and it kept growing.
The second group started when two neighbors, also moms, agreed they needed to do something but weren’t sure where to begin. Being in the South, they started with food and fellowship, inviting their friends to lunch to discuss what they could all do together. Again, more than 35 women showed up.
Within a week, two groups grew to more than 600 individuals – mostly women – on a GroupMe chat and Slack channel. Now with nearly 1,000 members statewide, our numbers continue to grow because our purpose and our nonpartisan approach is resonating with people of all backgrounds, geographies and political leanings.
We all bring different skills to the table. Building a website. Researching policy. Planning events. Designing informational resources. Connecting passionate people with purpose.
We’re a nonprofit (501c4), nonpartisan organization, and together, we’re leading conversations and identifying common ground where progress can be made on issues of gun safety.
Your voice can make a difference. Everyone can do something to make Tennessee safer.