Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) blasted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) over the GOP’s attempts to ban certain books from schools but refusing to pass any meaningful gun control legislation following the latest school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee.
Moskowitz, during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, claimed that the Republicans were “worried about banning books” but that at the same time “dead kids can’t read.” This comment was a reference to the various GOP-led state legislatures which would restrict the availability of certain books that students would have normally needed to read according to their school’s curriculum.
On Monday, a shooter entered a Christian private school in Nashville, where they proceeded to kill three 9-year-old students and three staff members. The police identified the shooter as 28-year-old Audrey Hale, a former student at the school whose motive is still unclear. Hale was shot by police at the scene. Greene argued that the only reason that the shooting ended was that a “good guy with a gun” shot Hale.
Moskowitz responded to this statement by asking whether the “good guys with a gun [stopped] six people from getting murdered,” to which the answer was “No.” He added that he was in favor of more school resource officers being present in schools, ever since the 2018 shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Ever since then, these officers have been present in every school across the state.