By Rob Crilly, Senior US Political Reporter for Dailymail.Com
When a Tennessee GOP congressman faced backlash for saying lawmakers couldn’t fix America’s gun crime after the deadly Nashville shooting — and that homeschooling might offer a solution — he knew exactly what to do.
Rep. Tim Burchett doubled down on calling for a religious revival.
“You know, to repent of your sins and have some kind of reform in this country seems to me… that would be the way we need to turn this thing around because we have some very sick, bad people doing some very heinous things doing and resuscitation seems like the way to go,” he told Fox News on Thursday morning.
His comments have been echoed by critics, who say it shows how Republicans respond to mass shootings with thoughts and prayers rather than action.
Later in the day, protesters invaded the Tennessee Statehouse to demand tougher gun laws following Monday’s massacre.
Rep. Tim Burchett said a national revival was needed as he doubled down on comments that lawmakers could do nothing to solve gun crime after the Nashville shooting
More than a thousand people joined the Nashville protest organized by local mothers and packed the building’s rotunda.
Three children and three staff members were shot dead at Nashville’s Covenant School when a 28-year-old former student at the school opened fire.
The result was an outburst of mourning and calls for tighter gun controls.
On Monday, Burchett said there was nothing anyone could do to stop mass shootings.
“It’s a terrible, terrible situation and we’re not going to fix it,” he said on the steps of the US Capitol in a video clip that quickly went viral.
“Criminals will remain criminals.
“And my daddy fought in World War II, fought in the Pacific, fought the Japanese. And he told me, mate, he said if someone wants to date you and doesn’t mind losing their life, there’s not much damn you can do about it.’
He went on to say that he thought lawmakers could make things work.
Protesters stormed into the Tennessee statehouse on Thursday to demand tougher gun laws in the wake of Monday’s massacre that killed three children and three employees
“I think you have to change people’s hearts,” he continued.
“You know, as a Christian, as we talk about this in the church, and I’ve said this many times, I think we really need a revival in this country.”
A reporter asked what could be done to protect children like his own little daughter.
“Well, we homeschool them,” he replies.
His words sparked outrage.
Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar said, “This Republican member of Congress and his entire conference are telling this family and this little girl that we are not going to fix this.
‘Guess what? We need to fix it. It’s our job to fix it.
“It’s our duty to fix it.
“House Democrats have acted against it time and time again to pass legislation to fix this. If not now when?’
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