Tennessee representative. Tim Burchett Leftists scoffed at their claim that the country needs a revival — not Congress — to tackle gun violence in the wake of Monday’s Covenant school shooting in Nashville that left six people dead.
“He was [lawmakers in Washington D.C.] “Criminals will be criminals,” the Republican told reporters outside the Capitol Tuesday. “If somebody wants to get you out and they don’t mind losing their life, there’s not much you can do about it.”
Rolling Stone said that Burchett stated “honestly” about the GOP plan for school shootings with the controversial wording. A Vanity Fair contributor said it won the award for most “f—ked up” response to a shooting.
On Thursdays on “Fox & Friends First,” Burchett doubled on the show.
“As I mentioned, we are a sick nation,” he said. “We need repentance and, frankly, we need revival. It pissed a lot of people off that I said that, but it really is. There’s no other answer to that.”
Burchett, who represents the Knoxville area, said the anger at the suspension boils down to those who dismiss “thoughts and prayers” in response to Gun violencepermanent criticism from the left.
“I think they come back to me and say, ‘Look what your prayers have done for us,’ and the people who are praying are not the ones who are firing,” he told host Ashley Strommer.
Like other Republican lawmakers, Burchett has raised concerns about the shooter’s mental health as well as the larger, overarching topic of the mental health crisis plaguing the entire nation.
“There was a mental problem,” he said. “I think that feeds a lot into how I was able to get hold of a firearm.”
He said he met with Democrats in Congress on Wednesday to discuss the issue and see if they could find common ground.
“I hope we can do it and it will never happen again,” he said.
The alleged shooter, Audrey Hill, 28, a former Covenant School student, suffered from mental illness but legally purchased the weapons used during the incident, according to local police.
According to Metro, the transgender artist’s parents felt she should not own guns Nashville Police Chief John Drake.
Drake also said that Hill was under a doctor’s care for an unspecified emotional disorder at the time of the accident.
Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo, Kelly Farris and Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.