By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — The U.S. Senate can’t pass more gun control legislation because too many people value guns and Bibles — at least according to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, who said it’s a political, and possibly, cultural problem.
Cohen said as much on MSNBC Wednesday.
Tennessee Watchdog contacted Cohen’s office Thursday hoping to ask his spokesman Ben Garmissa, what, specifically, is wrong with a person who appreciates guns and Bibles?
Better yet, are people who value guns and Bibles really the cause of so much violence in America?
Unfortunately, Garmissa did not respond to our two messages.
On the MSNBC program, Cohen lamented that Senate Democrats, and even certain Republicans, can’t dare support gun control measures for fear that voters will retaliate.
He also spoke of how he angered residents in his own state after posting a highly inflammatory cartoon on Twitter blaming the National Rifle Association for this week’s Naval Yard shooting massacre in Washington, D.C.
“They are hard core Republicans, and this means more to them. I think their guns are right there next to their Bibles. I’m not sure which they find more important to them.”
David Corn, writer for Mother Jones, then asked Cohen if this is a cultural matter that politics can’t break.
In response, Cohen once again simply blamed guns and the Bible.
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This story was originally published Sept. 19.