Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett says revival, not Congress, is needed after Nashville school shooting
Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., said the Nashville school shooting was “horrendous,” but he doesn’t think Congress has a role to play and he regrets the tragedy has been politicized.
Speaking briefly to reporters on Tuesday, Burchett, who represents the Knoxville area but says he has lived in Nashville before, said Monday’s shooting was a “horrific situation” and added that lawmakers in Washington, D.C., “don’t won’t fix it.” He criticized those on the right and left who politicize the tragedy over gender identity or the shooter’s guns, respectively.
“Criminals are going to be criminals,” Burchett said, recalling how his father, a World War II veteran, once told him that “if someone wants to take you out and don’t fear losing their life , there’s not a heck of a lot you can do about it.”
“And we have a mental health problem in this country,” he continued. “We have to start fixing it.”
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Six people were killed at a private Christian school in Nashville on Monday when an emotionally disturbed 28-year-old woman who identified as a transgender man engaged in a shooting with two rifles and a handgun, it was announced. the police.
Three children and three adults were killed in the shooting. Their names were: Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, Hallie Scruggs, 9, William Kinney, 9, Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60 and Mike Hill, 61.
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The shooter was neutralized by responding officers from the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. The names of the officers were Michael Collazo, 31, and Rex Engelbert, 27.
Asked how Congress should respond to the tragedy, Burchett said lawmakers would only “mess it up.”
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“I don’t think you’re going to stop gun violence,” the rep said, observing that guns can now be 3D printed and criminals will find a way to do violence.
Instead of attempting a legislative solution, Burchett, a Christian, said: “I think we really need to revive this country. I think our ministers and our communities of faith need to come together and start preaching about the love of the Bible.”
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Burchett has a daughter. Asked what should be done to protect people like his child in schools, he told reporters his family’s solution was homeschooling.
“It’s our decision. Some people don’t have that option,” he acknowledged. “And frankly, some people don’t have to. I mean, they don’t have to. It suited our needs much better.”