Tennessee Democrat U.S. Representative Steve Cohen: ‘We Need to Ban Assault Weapons’

U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) is pushing for an “assault weapons ban” and says he is working with fellow Democrats to pass one.

Cohen’s office issued a press statement on Thursday, discussing how he is urging his colleagues to advance the Protect Our Kids Act and also advocated a ban on “assault weapons.”

“Assault weapons were banned from 1994 to 2004. It was constitutionally permissible. It wasn’t until 2008 in the Heller decision when Justice Scalia said people have the right, based on the Second Amendment, to protect their homes with reasonable weapons. … The Second Amendment, like the First, is not absolute. … There are limits to the Second Amendment and assault weapons are one of those limits that we had for 10 years and during that time we had less mass killings in this country, and we should have it again,” he said during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee.

“The picture that Ms. Jackson Lee had up of those 19 children: the last time you’ll be able or anybody would be able to recognize some of them because when they’re hit by an assault weapon they cannot be identified. They are obliterated and they need DNA to identify them,” he added.

“They put holes in their bodies so large that there is no way they could survive. They are weapons of war and weapons of death and weapons of destruction that we should not permit out here. And when someone who’s 18 years old, right after their birthday, and one of the first things they do is buy an assault weapon – that should be a red flag,” said the Democrat U.S. representative.

He additionally tweeted on Thursday, “We need to ban assault weapons and I look forward to working with @RepCicilline to pass it.”

The same day he said, “NRA-funded Republicans have blocked gun law reforms for decades. The public is demanding action. We must pass the Protecting Our Kids Act.”

“There is something gun-crazed about our country that we need to deal with,” he said in another tweet.

“We need 10 Republican senators who are willing to vote for the lives of Americans … We are the only country in the world that kills our fellow citizens on a regular basis with firearms,” he added in an interview broadcast on C-SPAN.

On Wednesday, Cohen tweeted, “Appreciate the Speaker’s leadership. I had amendment drawn for tomorrow’s judiciary committee markup to reinstate 1994 assault ban (law til 2004).It is imperative that we debate and vote on this life saving measure. The guns are made to KILL and aren’t for sport or defense.”

As Cohen alluded, Democrats who hold the majority in the U.S. House can pass essentially whatever they want in that body. They will need 10 Republicans in the U.S. Senate to jump ship in order to bring gun control legislation to a vote.

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Aaron Gulbransen is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected] Follow Aaron on GETTRTwitter, and Parler.
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14 Thoughts to “Tennessee Democrat U.S. Representative Steve Cohen: ‘We Need to Ban Assault Weapons’”

  1. william r. delzell

    I can understand having a hunting rifle or a handgun for self-defense, but who would want an ASSAULT rifle, except a bank-robber or a serial killer like the persons who shot up a grocery store in Buffalo or a school of little children in Uvalde, TX? Second, many gun-owners also support REGISTRATION of fire-arms as it enables the owner and the police to find any weapon stolen from the owner and it protects the LEGITIMATE gun-user prove their innocence against any false accusation that they misused their weapons.

    We register our automobiles without complaint. Why should our weapons be any different?

  2. Tim Price

    No we don’t you moron.

    The fact that Democrats worship criminals doesn’t impress us.

  3. Cohen represents the tyranny, for which these weapons are to be used against, to protect the USA, and USA’s Constitution; as per, Alexander Hamilton, …

    “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government.”


  4. John Nanni

    Cohen, you are an Assault on my intelligence. Can we ban you??? You may not be a Weapon, but you are surely a Tool . . .

  5. Bob Marsh

    ‘We Need to Ban Assault Weapons’ Yeah and it’s not going to happen.

    Idiots need to be banned from Congress and it’s not going to happen.

  6. Thomas Cox

    That pompous little parakeet can’t even say what an “assault weapon” IS, but he’d agree with Justice Potter Stewart, on a definition of pornography: “I know it when I see it.” Right. Kind of tricky righting law that abridges the Second Amendment, that way, though, isn’t it?

  7. AWM

    Cohen, if ever there was a reason for Term Limits you are it.

  8. AWM

    Cohen, your comedy act is getting old. Unfortunately your audience is just as disgusting as you are. You have demonstrated time & time again your inadequacy to properly represent the good citizens of Tennessee. You are the “poster child” for term limits.

  9. nicky wicks

    we need to ban steve cohen. he is the worst person in TN.

    1. Ralph Miller

      I wish you had included the latest pic of Cohen. He’s looking more like the Rocky Horror butler every year. That would be appropriate as he is a horror of a human being. I agree a ban on Cohen and all of progressivism

  10. John Bumpus

    I guess that Cohen doesn’t know (or he is lying about it) that assault weapons were banned by the Federal Government in the 1930s. What Cohen is talking about now is merely banning a certain style of guns (i.e., black, scary looking guns). What I have said before, more than once, is that Cohen and his Bolshevik buddies are not interested in ‘fixing’ the problem. What Cohen et al. want is the issue of gun control so that ultimately they can confiscate almost all guns, and thus disarm Americans, so that the Marxists can then control all of us in a way that is practically absolute. One of the first things which they will do after that is replace our Constitution with another more to their liking (and we all know what THAT will mean).

  11. John M

    Federal law is a one sided joke. Any new infringements will be completely ignored and hell all infringements will be ignored at that point. Come try to enforce tyranny in the South, been preparing for the day my entire adult life. Who publicly trades in manufacturing body bags?

  12. Ms Independent

    Cohen needs to be banned!!

    1. 83ragtop50

      Ms – You are absolutely correct but the folks over his way seem to think like he does.