The city of Nashville and millions around the nation are still mourning the deaths of three students and three staff members at The Covenant School in Tennessee.
Just after 10 a.m. on Monday morning, Audrey Hale reportedly traveled to The Covenant School and entered the building through a side entrance. Armed with an assault rifle, police say the shooter walked across the second floor and began opening fire. Authorities arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and ultimately shot and killed Hale.
In the aftermath of the shooting, many around the country have entered into discussions regarding the ownership and use of firearms in many states around the United States. As these discussions grew and expanded, U.S. Representative Tim Burchett was asked about the matter and any future action the federal government may take moving forward.
“It’s a horrible, horrible situation,” he told reporters, according to The Hill.
“And we’re not gonna fix it. Criminals are gonna be criminals.”
According to multiple reports, Burchett doesn’t see “any role” for Congress to play in reducing gun violence. From his perspective, members of Congress can only “mess things up” regarding the matter.
“My daddy fought in the Second World War, fought in the Pacific, fought the Japanese, and he told me … ‘Buddy, if somebody wants to take you out and doesn’t mind losing their life, there’s not a whole heck of a lot you can do about it,’” he continued.
“I don’t think you’re gonna stop the gun violence…I think you gotta change people’s hearts.”