NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican candidate for Tennessee governor Bill Lee[1] is claiming that the “liberal media,” teachers unions and the “far-left lobby” have used students who survived the deadly Florida school shooting as “props to push their anti-gun agenda,” saying he’s sickened by it.

Lee[2]’s written comments Tuesday followed a governor’s race forum in which candidates were asked whether the Parkland students have had a positive or negative impact on the conversation around guns and gun control. The students have advocated for more gun restrictions.

Lee[3] answered, “negative.” Fellow Republicans Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell and Democrats Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh said “positive.” Republican Diane Black did not attend.

In the follow-up statement, Lee[4] also said that law abiding citizens shouldn’t be punished for the actions of criminals.

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