August 10, 2020

Nashville Councilwoman: No Mask? You Should Be Charged with Murder

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By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

A Nashville councilwoman wants the city to pass legislation making it a crime of murder or attempted murder if a person is not wearing a mask in public.

The Background:

The Tennessee Start reports:

Metro Nashville At-Large Council Member Sharon Hurt said Wednesday during a virtual meeting of the Joint Public Safety and Health Committee that there should be stronger legislation for those not wearing masks and suggested they be charged with murder or attempted murder.

Hurt said that she works for an organization that, “If they pass the virus, then they are tried for murder or attempted murder.”

Hurt thinks the same standard should apply to the general public.

“This person who may very well pass this virus that’s out in the air because they’re not wearing a mask is basically doing the same thing to someone who contracts it and dies from it,” she said.

“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,” the council member added.

Metro Nashville’s Director of Legislative Affairs told Hurt creating criminal legislation is not within the scope of the council’s duties, which Hurt said was disappointing.

Notable Quotes:

“The Council does not have the opportunity on its own to create criminal legislation. In terms of creating a new code or class of criminal offenses, that is a creature of state law.”

  • Metro Nashville’s Director of Legislative Affairs Mike Jameson

Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.


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