WASHINGTON -- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took place in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result of "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs" and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter.
During a radio interview on The Heritage Foundation's "Istook Live!" show, Gohmert was asked why he believes such senseless acts of violence take place. Gohmert responded by talking about the weakening of Christian values in the country.
"You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place," Gohmert said.
"Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important," he said. "Whether it's John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people ... Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters ... We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country."
Ernest Istook, the host of the show and a former Oklahoma congressman, jumped in to clarify that nobody knows the motivation of the alleged Aurora gunman. Gohmert said that may be true, but suggested the shootings were still "a terrorist act" that could have been avoided if the country placed a higher value on God.
"People say ... where was God in all of this?" Gohmert said. "We've threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God's name, they're going to be jailed ... I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don't want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."
Gohmert also said the tragedy could have been lessened if someone else in the movie theater had been carrying a gun and took down the lone shooter. Istook noted that Colorado laws allow people to carry concealed guns.
"It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?" he asked.
CORRECTION: Due to a transcription error, a previous version of this article quoted Gohmert as referring to the shooting as a "crazy act of a derelict." He in fact called it "a crazy act of terror like this." The error has been corrected.
I'd like to know what percentage of random public murders/acts of terrorism are God-related, because I'm pretty sure most of them are.
Also noted that he did not have anything to say to the families that lost loved ones etc, or put a xtian spin on their loss and the horror. All he is rambling about lack of godliness and the fact that there wasn't some hot shot in the theatre that should not only have been armed but quick enough to take out the shooter.
Mighty christian of ya there neighbor!.
Don't be too quick to give UR guns boys and girls the xtain right is expanding and packing.
Got news for them. So am I!
Geez, reading that made my blood pressure go up!~
That right wing stupidity is maddening...
Oh, sorry. I misunderstood. My mistake. And, you're correct. It is maddening.
All you guys have to do is read about this fuckhead. I'm stuck in his district! Goobert is the most inane, idiotic, pathetic congressman in DC and the people who I live around love him. I loathe these people.
About guns in a theater, are you kiddin? A large majority of people around here carry their guns to church! My totally dumbass weenie brother in law said years back (haven't seen them in years!) that a lot of the people in his church are "packin'." Goobert is right in line with this mentality. I wish some of those little pop guns would go off around here and blow off a few of their "vital statistics." Arg...
BTW, there are some of us who are not fuctards like Goobert down here in Texas.
Are they expecting a shoot out during the sermon? Geez!
Parishioners in Texas church erupt into mad gun battle during Lord's Prayer. There are no survivors... But they all made it to heaven.
I think they worry about terrorists or something. Dumbass does not quite cover it.
AFA radio has already been talking about how the shooter might have muslim ties. Then they warned that the federal government would deny it because of pressure from muslim infiltrators.