(CNSNews.com) - The nation is suffering from a "spiritual problem" that gun control won't solve, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) told Fox News early Wednesday morning.
He was talking about the supermarket massacre in Boulder, Colorado, where a young man described as mentally ill by a relative shot and killed ten people. It is the latest in a long list of appalling crimes by people misusing guns. And some of the most notorious mass shootings have happened in Colorado:
"Well, I think it's always Democrats use tragedies like this to advance their radical agenda, particularly as it relates to gun-control in this case," Hice said:
And look, none of these laws would prevent criminals from committing crimes. For example, we already have laws that say you can't murder people. Does that stop criminals from doing so? Well, of course not. And likewise when we say you can't have this weapon or that weapon, this ammo or that ammo, whatever -- does that stop criminals from using those weapons? Of course not. The only ones harmed by that are law-abiding citizens.
At the end of the day, look, all of these tragedies reveal that we have a spiritual problem in this country, and at some point we have got to release the faith communities across this country to address those spiritual issues of the heart rather than blame guns for these acts of violence.
As President Biden and various Democrats call for gun control legislation, including a ban on so-called assault weapons, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday said he does not support House-passed gun control legislation that would require background checks on every gun sale and extend the time for completing a background checks, among other things.
Manchin said "commercial transactions should be background checked" because "you don't know a person." "If I know a person, no," he said.
Rep. Hice said Manchin "understands exactly what we're talking about here."
"Criminals don't abide by the law, and there is no point in taking away the rights of American citizens to protect themselves just for the sake of looking as though you're trying to deal with the problem, and he understands that."