Tammin Sursok condemns gun access after Nashville shooting near daughter’s school

When Aussie actor Tammin Sursok received a phone call yesterday – she must have felt like she had landed on a movie set.

But, unfortunately for the mum-of-two, who lives in Nashville with her family, it quickly became a cold stark reality of living in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Today I got a call that I never thought would happen but at the same time expected because I live in the USA,” Tammin revealed in her Instagram post on Tuesday morning.

“My daughter’s school was on lockdown. There was an active shooter somewhere.

“At first I didn’t know all the details. I didn’t know where the shooter was but I knew it was close to my daughter and/or her school. A parent’s worst nightmare.”

As much as it was an incredibly close call, Tammin’s daughter was thankfully safe…

“As you’ve now seen on the news a school in Nashville has lost children and adults at the hands of a 28-year-old. That school was next door, walking distance from my daughter’s school,” the former Home and Away star said.

“Our community in Nashville is in shock. My thoughts and prayers are with the families going through this unimaginable tragedy.”

On Monday morning, a 28-year-old opened fire on the neighbouring Covenant School, killing three nine-year-old-students, Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, along with three staff: custodian Mike Hill, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, both 61, and headmistress. Katherine Koonce, 60.

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Nashville school shooter kills 3 kids and 3 adults

Officials said Audrey Hale entered Covenant School in Nashville at about 10.13am on Monday by shooting through a door on the side of the building.

Police have yet to release further details, but it is understood that the former student was born female, but had been using he/him pronouns, indicating the shooter identified as a man.

Officers, responding to an active shooter call, heard gunshots on the second floor and rushed to a lobby-type area where they came across Hale, who had two assault rifles and a handgun.

After a 14-minute rampage, Hale was shot dead by police on site at 10.27am.

The latest bloodshed marks the 128th mass shooting this year alone in the US.

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“Why do we sell in the USA weapons of mass destruction to civilians?”

And understandably, Tammin is bloody livid that the United States refuses to act on gun control.

“The argument when these horrific events happen is don’t get political, now is not the time, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. I call BS,” she said.

“Mentally-ill people with access to assault rifles cause mass distraction. Why do we sell in the USA weapons of mass destruction to civilians? Why do we sell weapons that can shoot hundreds of bullets in seconds? Read that sentence again. Hundreds of bullets in seconds.

“In most states, an American can buy an AR-15 after their 18th birthday. The AR-15 (and military style weaponry) is not designed for hunting or ‘sport’. It’s meant to kill people. Lots of people all at once. How is this allowed? Please explain it to me? How? I’m numb. I’m angry. I’m at a loss. Most of us are.

“You know this doesn’t make sense. You know this isn’t normal. You know children shouldn’t live in fear like this. Something has to change. I know it does. You know it does. We know it does. #nashvilleschoolshooting.”

Originally published as I got a call I never thought would happen – my daughter’s school was in lockdown

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