Nashville Council Member Wants to Charge Non-Mask Wearers With Murder/Attempted Murder

 In opinion, Politics

Nashville council member Sharon Hurt raised the question at a Metro Council meeting: ‘why can’t we charge people who don’t wear a mask the same as we charge HIV people who willingly infect others?’ A person with HIV who willingly infects another is generally charged with murder or attempted murder.

The Tennesse Star reported,

Metro Nashville At-Large Council Member Sharon Hurt said Wednesday during a virtual meeting of the Joint Pubic 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.

A Nashville Council Member wants more control, not less

Talk about mask nazi- she takes the cake. Scoop Nashville also reported her statements:

“My question goes back to legislation. 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…

…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.”

Fortunately for Nashville, Attorney Mike Jameson, Metro Nashville’s Director of Legislative Affairs, advised her that such a law would have to come from the legislature, not the city council. That made her seem disappointed, according to local news reports, and she mentioned that she “thought that would be the answer.”

Nashville has been under a mandatory mask order from the health department. Mayor John Cooper ordered police to  issue citations to anyone not complying with that order. The citations are criminal in nature, but are a misdemeanor. Hurt, as a Nashville city council member, believes the penalty should be much stiffer. The Mayor already has ordered more police presence in certain areas to enforce the mask order.

Using a health directive as the basis for a criminal offense is an egregious action. Police have to violate their oaths to enforce it. and  Nashville Council member like Sharon Hurt is more interested in control than actual health issues.

Featured photo: Sharon Hurt screenshot via Tennessee Star

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