U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis Says Law-Abiding Citizens with Guns Don’t Deter Criminals


U.S. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) said at a House Judiciary hearing last week that good people with firearms do not stop bad people with firearms.

“Show me a case in Memphis where a good man or woman with a gun protected and stopped the use of a weapon. That canard doesn’t occur. That dog won’t hunt. It doesn’t happen. You talk about people losing their Second Amendment rights through these procedures,” Cohen said, referring to various states’ red flag laws.

“Show me a case anywhere, in any of those 16 states or anywhere, where someone had their guns taken and then they were assaulted and shot by someone and couldn’t defend themselves because their guns were taken from them. I don’t think you’ll show me many cases where someone, because they didn’t have their gun with them, were a victim because of red flag taking of their weapons, [which is] a temporary taking.”

Dan Zimmerman, writing about Cohen’s remarks for The Truth About Guns, called Cohen a liar.

“We’re sorry to burst the Congressman’s well-insulated, Beltway-bound bubble, but surely even he heard about the shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ outside Fort Worth that was stopped by a congregant with a pistol? It was caught on video for all the world to see. But that was almost two years ago! Someone as busy and important as a U.S. Congressman can’t be expected to remember something like that!” Zimmerman wrote.

“OK then, let’s jump in the WayBack Machine and go all the way back to…last week. That’s when an employee of a grain elevator in Nebraska who was armed with a shotgun stopped a workplace shooting after a man who had been fired early that day opened fire. CNN even reported it so it must be true!”

Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) officials last week said criminals bypass gun control laws and steal guns from other people. They asked residents to lock their automobile doors, secure any valuables — especially guns — and remove the keys.

“So far this year, 974 guns have been stolen from vehicles in Nashville. More than 70 percent of ALL guns reported stolen in 2021 (1,369) were taken from vehicles. Last week, 23 guns were stolen from cars and trucks,” according to the press release.

“Going hand in hand with vehicle burglaries is vehicle theft. A review of last week’s stolen vehicle reports in Nashville shows that 69 percent of the automobiles taken (37 of 54) were easy targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves. Two of the 54 vehicles stolen were left running without the driver present. Just like guns taken from vehicles, these stolen autos are also routinely involved in criminal activities, including car jackings and robberies.”

Numerous states have passed red flag laws in recent years as part of a gun control crackdown, including in Florida, when then-Governor Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act in 2018. That law permitted law enforcement to get a court order and seize firearms from people whom authorities considered a danger to themselves or others.

In 2019, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that approximately 2,000 Floridians have had their firearms seized by law enforcement under Florida’s Red Flag law.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]





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17 Thoughts to “U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis Says Law-Abiding Citizens with Guns Don’t Deter Criminals”

  1. […] Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) said at a House Judiciary hearing this month that good people with firearms do not stop bad people with […]

  2. Jay

    I might consider giving up my gun if the dems disarm Capitol Hill police. Don’t think that would happen. Do you?

  3. Steve Allen

    His statement/position on this issue only shows how totally clueless he is as far as the reality of the prevention of violent crime is concerned.

    I could go on about the thousands of potentially violent encounters that have been prevented but PRIVATE CITIZENS DRAWING THEIR LAWFULLY POSSESSED FIREARM, but Senator Cohen has probably smoked so much dope that at this point in his life he has no grasp on reality.

    What a sad comment on the people he represents that they continue to elect him. Hopefully they will finally realize what a total waste of space he is.

  4. 83ragtop50

    I would comment on his incompetence but the Bible instruct to not cast our pearls before swine.

    1. liquidators1

      I will do it for you Cohen is a complete marxist idiot and should go back to his stupid chicken eating stunts?

    2. Pandora Vreeland

      I love your comments. Keep them coming!!

  5. Randall Davidson

    What an idiot…..

  6. Kevin

    More blah, blah, blah from an out of touch, libtard elitist, who doesn’t have a clue and can’t possibly accurately relate to the constituents of Memphis!

    He’s a bit short on two critical qualities, melatonin AND “melon” capacity!

  7. Karen

    Has anything intelligent ever come out of this man’s mouth?

  8. Randall Davidson

    please send this guy to Iran…..

  9. Dr Ken

    Representative Cohen, are you that far “out of touch with reality”? Yes, firearms in the hands of the right person does stop crime. Your metaphor “that dog doesn’t hunt” is truly applicable to yourself. A dog that can’t hunt, is a dog that won’t hunt”. You seemed to have lost that drive.
    We retire dogs who lose their desire to hunt. Perhaps having lost your desire to “hunt” is indicative that you too, ought to retire.

  10. John

    This coward says all this while behind the wall of his well armed private security team.

    What this clown doesn’t seem to get through his thick skull is that criminals don’t follow gun laws, which is why the law biding citizen has the right and the need to carry. Faced with a life or death situation, the cops will never be able to get there fast enough.

  11. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis Says Law-Abiding Citizens with Guns Don’t Deter Criminals

    As Tennessee’s biggest criminal. Cohen should know.

  12. Tim Price

    What a damn idiot!

  13. Truthy McTruthFace

    steve’s face deters mirrors from staying unbroken

    worst person in TN

  14. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    All that chicken is clogging the arteries to his brain.

    1. Tim Price

      Very Well Said Sir!