The “Tennessee 3” lawmakers are heading to the White House to meet with President Joe Biden and discuss gun control reform on Monday following their historic expulsions and reinstatements to the Tennessee legislature.
Biden extended invitations to state Reps. Justin Jones, Gloria Johnson, and Justin Pearson, commending the Democrats for drawing attention to the rise in gun violence in the United States following several mass shootings. Jones and Pearson, who are black, were ousted from the legislature in a Republican-spurred vote and immediately reinstated in the following days. Johnson, who is white, was not expelled after being saved by just one vote.
The president has received some scrutiny for inviting the legislators, but not the families of the victims of the Covenant School shooting, a mass shooting that sparked a large protest at the Tennessee state Capitol. The three lawmakers had taken the podium on the state House floor to echo protesters’ calls for gun reform, which state Republicans believed had disrupted the session and was akin to inciting an insurrection, bringing “disorder and dishonor” to the state legislature.