Texas politician blames Colorado shooting on godlessness

MEET Louis Buller Gohmert Jr, 49. He’s a Republican wingnut and Baptist Sunday school teacher who claimed that yesterday’s horrific shooting at a Colorado cinema that claimed 12 lives was the result of the forces of godlessness undermining Christianity in the good ol’ USA.

Texas Republican Louis Buller Gohmert, Jr

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, according to this report, 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.

He added:

Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important. 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, 24-year-old James Holmes, a former neuroscience PhD student at University of Colorado-Denver. 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.

Colorado gunman James Holmes

People say … where was God in all of this? 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.

Hat tip: Ivan & Bill Murray