Anti-Trump Congressman, Steve Cohen (D-TN), spoke on MSNBC Saturday about gun violence while attacking President Trump.
As members of Congress are out for their August recess, Cohen has remained adamant about spreading hate on conspiracy networks and turning the attention away from his own crime-ridden district that is one of the most violent cities in the nation.
During a segment on MSNBC, Rep. Cohen was asked, “Are you concerned the President moves away from supporting background checks and is this the end of the push for background checks now?”
Cohen responded, “You never know what Trump will do, he changes from minute to minute, tweet to tweet.”
“The fact is he is a prisoner of the NRA lobby,” he claimed. “He showed it when he met with the Parkland Highschool parents and other survivors in the White House and said he was gonna stand up and that he wasn’t afraid of the NRA. He didn’t do anything. At the last minute he crumbled, or he lied to the parents of Parkland.”
He went on to say that the President is not going to do anything and said that Congress is coming back early to hold a hearing on the Judiciary Committee to vote on a “Gun Violence” bill. (Continued Below)
Next, he claimed, “Trump can say, ‘guns don’t pull the trigger, people pull the trigger’…. well, that’s just using a line and [Trump] shouldn’t be using simple lines. He should be dealing with the issues. The man can’t deal with real issues because it’s all politics. [Emphasized].
Cohen also tweeted, “Following the Parkland shooting, Trump promised action on #GunViolence, but did nothing. I don’t think we can trust him to move forward with #BackgroundChecks or anything else. He’s beholden to the #NRA & motivated by politics. We have to keep up the pressure. #DoSomething”.
It’s worth noting that Cohen never mentions his own district, who has had over 100 homicides recorded in Memphis for 2019. He jumps on the bandwagon when a “crisis” occurs, but fails to address Memphis, TN. (Continued Below)
According to one of the cities local newspapers, The Commerical Appeal, Memphis is trending towards a higher homicide rate in 2019. In 2016, Memphis had 228 homicides to make it the cities deadliest year in two decades.
As of July, The Commercial Appeal has documented 103 homicides in Memphis. More than 80% of homicides involved guns, according to the tracker’s latest numbers. Outside of firearms, four people were stabbed to death, five people have died in vehicular homicides in Memphis. So far, there have been four double homicides this year, according to the tracker.
On June 26, Memphis police released a statement discussing the difficulty of investigating interstate shootings. At the time, there were 29 interstate shootings, as per the Commerical Appeal.
Did the trigger pull itself on all of these homicides in Memphis, Steve Cohen?
Following the Parkland shooting, Trump promised action on #GunViolence, but did nothing. I don’t think we can trust him to move forward with #BackgroundChecks or anything else. He’s beholden to the #NRA & motivated by politics. We have to keep up the pressure. #DoSomething pic.twitter.com/kKkv4X9ubc
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) August 17, 2019
.@HouseJudiciary is returning early from recess to vote on 3 #GunViolence prevention bills. The Keep Americans Safe Act (H.R. 1186) would ban high capacity magazines, like the one used by the shooter in #Dayton, OH. @HouseDemocrats are ready to #DoSomething. Is the @SenateGOP? https://t.co/lXWiSzIG8p
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) August 19, 2019
(Related: Rep Cohen Calls Trump A ‘Criminal’ As Majority Of Dems Now Support Impeachment Inquiry)