To hear these guys tell the story, the reason a dozen people are dead & many more wounded is because of: liberals, civil libertarians, atheists, & Hollywood. Because certainly, easy access to body armor, huge amounts of ammo, & weapons played absolutely no part....
I'm so happy that I know many, many perfectly reasonable, devout Christian people who recoil at the remarks of these Evangelical "leaders." I hate it that they get tarred with the same brush as these bozos.
The intolerance on display is truly shocking:
In a column in One News Now, Newcombe wrote that the shooting was evidence that “we’re reaping what we’ve been sowing as a society,” explaining, “Lawsuit after lawsuit, often by misguided ‘civil libertarians,’ have chased away any fear of God in the land.”
On the same radio segment, Fred Jackson, the host and director of the American Family Association, similarly blamed Hollywood, liberal media and churches for contributing to mass shootings:
I have to think that all of this, whether it’s the Hollywood movies, whether it’s what we see on the internets, whether it’s liberal bias in the media, whether it’s our politicians changing public policy, I think all of those somehow have fit together—and I have to say also churches who are leaving the authority of Scripture and losing their fear of God—all of those things have seem to have come together to give us these kinds of incidents.
What's also shocking - although not very surprising - is the reaction from TEA party Congressman Louie Gohmert. He used the shooting to lament atheists & attacks on Christianity.
Um.... so somehow the shooter was responding to attacks on Christianity or he had seen too many "Hollywood movies" or he was a civil libertarian or.... what exactly?
Gohmert also lamented the fact that nobody else inside the theater was packing. Because that's what you want in an enclosed space with hundreds of panicked adults & children fleeing a nutcase wearing body armor: a number of civilians also armed & firing into the crowd.
He was joined in his dismay by former AZ State Senator Russell Pearce, who was the sponsor of Arizona's anti-immigrant bill & who was later recalled by voters:
"Had someone been prepared and armed they could have stopped this "bad" man from most of this tragedy. He was two and three feet away from folks, I understand he had to stop and reload. Where were the men of flight 93????," Pearce wrote.
Yep. All you victims... it was your own damn fault for being such wusses.
Question: Supposing that a number of people in the theater were armed when the shooting started... How do these armed strangers know who's part of the shooting conspiracy & who's a good Samaritan? How do the law enforcement people distinguish between the good guys & bad guys when they arrive on the scene?
I know we have people with law enforcement experience here at the blog. What do you think?