Video: Nashville Councilwoman Suggests Legislation Charging Those Without Masks With Murder Or Attempted Murder

While participating in a Metro Council committee meeting on August 5th, Nashville Metro Council member Sharon Hurt suggested legislation charging those who do not wear face masks with murder or attempted murder.

According to a report at ScoopNashville, Hurt “asked the Public Safety, Beer & Regulated Beverages, and Health, Hospitals, & Social Services committees joint-session if the council could create criminal legislation to charge citizens who transmitted COVID-19 to another person while not wearing a mask, the same as HIV carriers were charged if they transmitted HIV to another person.”

“My question goes back to legislation,” she said.  “I don’t know if Mike Jameson could be the one to answer the question, but my concern is – you know I work for an organization, that if they pass a virus, then they they are tried for murder, or attempted murder, if they are not told… and this person who may very well pass this virus that’s out in the air because their not wearing a mask is basically doing the same thing to someone who contracts it and dies from it.”

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She added: “It seems to me that we have been more reactive, as opposed to proactive, and a little too late, too little. So, my thing is, maybe there should be legislation, stronger legislation, I don’t know if Mike Jameson is.. can speak to it, but maybe there needs to be stronger legislation to say that if you do not wear a mask and you subject exposure of this virus to someone else then there will be some stronger penalty as it is in other viruses that are exposed.”

Jameson responded by telling Hurt, “the council does not have the opportunity on its own to create criminal legislation, that is a state creature. We’re warranted by state law, to apply criminal application to violations, just for example, as the state law allows us to apply a Class E misdemeanor to violate a health director violation.”

“But,” he continued, “in terms of creating a new code, or class of criminal offenses, that is a creature of state law.”

“No, I was afraid that was going to be the answer, but I guess that’s the whole point of asking for something to be done as early as the council was pushing you know, it was not – it seems – that it wasn’t taken as seriously as it should have been, and thus we are in the situation that we’re in right now,” Hurt said, sounding somewhat disappointed with the response she got.

Here’s video as posted to Twitter:


This is what one can expect when one votes for a liberal…

One person noted:

That’s putting it mildly…

Lunacy like this is why Americans need to get out and vote in record numbers this November.


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