Courtesy of The Independent

A Republican senator was booed and heckled by her constituents when she was challenged about America’s gun control laws.

At a town hall in her home state of Iowa, a teacher told Joni Ernst that she had recently been asked to listen to sounds to “determine if they were gunshots or not.”

The educator who did not reveal her name, added that she had “asked to be trained to man a family reunification center to provide counseling to parents seeking their children following a catastrophic event.”

Questioning the senator, she said: “When can I plan to get back to trainings that simply teach children to read and write?”

Ms. Ernst, who is up for re-election in 2020, replied: “A lot of the incidents we’ve seen do come back to mental illness.”

The crowd immediately broke out into boos, while some shouted “do something!” and “what about the guns?”

As Ms. Ernst responded by saying that America had been through many hardships, a member of the audience cried out: “It’s not the same.”

As she went on to suggest that America was “short on” mental health resources, a member of the audience called out: “We’re short congresspeople that take action.”

The crowd applauded.

That teacher’s voice was trembling with emotion and you could almost feel her frustration and irritation at the inaction surrounding gun violence in our schools. 

The response by Senator Ernst was almost pathological in its lack of empathy. 

These teachers are being placed in an untenable position where they are now being asked to teach, parent, and serve as bodyguards for our nation’s children. 

That is simply too much.

What we need is serious comprehensive gun control legislation. 

And while Joni Ernst may not get that, clearly that room full of Iowans certainly did.