Niecy Nash wept as she conveyed her condolences to the families of the Nashville school shooting victims.
The Covenant School shooting, where transgender shooter Audrey Hale ended up killing three adults and three nine-year-old children, hit a little close to home for actress Niecy Nash.
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The Reno 911 alum posted a somber video to Instagram on March 27 lamenting her brother Michael Ensley’s untimely death. Nash’s brother was shot and murdered at California’s Reseda High School during a school shooting in 1993. He was 17 at the time. After the incident, Margaret Ensley, Nash’s mother, founded Mothers Against Violence in Schools (MAVIS), for which Nash is now a spokesperson.
In the recent video uploaded on Twitter, the 53-year-old said, struggling to hold back tears while saying, “My only brother was killed on his high school campus because somebody brought a gun to school. It’s 2023. And there’s babies who will never make it home to see their parents. Those parents will forever be in a space and a place where they are like ‘what was the last thing I said? What was the last lunch I made? What was the last thought, or experience? Did they call out for me?”
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The Golden Globe candidate then requested lawmakers to adopt crucial gun control policies rather than passing legislation on popular subjects like critical race theory and Tennessee’s recent drag show ban.
“We are in a space in a place in this country where it’s the wrong thing and it is indeed the wrong time. We are losing our way,” she continued. “Some political groups are so focused on the wrong thing, that our children are dying and there ain’t no coming back from that.”
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She concluded, “I am so sorry. And my prayers go out to those families, ‘cause it’s a pain that I don’t wish on nobody. School is the one place where children should be safe. Now, they’ll be safe getting on an airplane. But school? That’s another thing. And it shouldn’t be.”