Iowa Senator Joni Ernst booed during town hall for blaming gun violence on mental health issues.

By |2019-08-20T08:57:33-08:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |13 Comments

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. 

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  1. OT-FYI August 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    “Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears,” the president tweeted. “I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”

  2. Gus Dusted August 20, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Watch her sail to victory 2020. It’s BF Iowa, for pete’s sake, and Steve King was re-elected to his ninth term.

  3. Anonymous August 20, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    How much longer can we continue to blame everything else but guns? I love gun nuts argument that “it’s just a tool” or “its the person who chooses to kil”. Those things may very well be true, but this “tool” can allow you to kill a dozen people in a minute. If someone wants to kill a lot of people, an assault rifle makes that easy to do. It’s the entire point of an assault rifle, so it’s not as if the shooters are misusing their tool.

    The Dayton shooter was killed by cops within 32 seconds of shooting. That’s an AMAZING response time by the police, but he still managed to kill 9 others and injure more. How is access to a tool that can do that NOT part of the reason these shootings keep happening?

  4. ANÓNIMO August 20, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    The 35-year-old man, Eric Lin, repeatedly expressed an affinity for President Donald Trump, who he said he believed wanted to start a “Racial War” that would result in the extermination of all non-whites, according to the DOJ.

  5. anon August 20, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Mental health starts with right view. That idea of a savior in the sky is example of incorrect view.

  6. anon August 20, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Words that rhyme with Ernst:

    Mentally Ill

  7. anon August 20, 2019 at 9:23 pm


    That’s the only way to truly fix mental health.

  8. Anon August 21, 2019 at 7:52 am

    ““We urge them to take a look at this agenda,” Tyah Amoy-Roberts, a former student who survived the shooting, said in a statement. “We cannot allow mass shootings in grocery stores, churches, shopping malls, and schools to be the new normal.”

    The plan also calls on the government to automatically register all U.S. citizens to vote when they turn 18, a measure that March for Our Lives has pushed in an effort to turn out the youth vote and sway elections to yield tighter gun policies.

    According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll this month, 69% of Americans said they support “strong” or “moderate” firearms restrictions and regulations, including 84% of Democrats and 56% of Republicans.

    March for Our Lives and another gun-control group called Giffords, founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords after she was wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, are planning an Oct. 2 forum for 2020 candidates to discuss gun violence.”


  9. mike from iowa August 21, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Ernst is a former KGB agent named Ivanna Kuturnutzov, w3hich is how she learned to castrate pigs and unsuspecting stoopid followers.

    • Anonymous August 21, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      Didn’t she also wear Wonder Bread bags on her feet while she walked 5 miles in snow to school?

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