AUDIO – Less than 24 hours after the horrific shooting massacre by a lone gunman in an Aurora, Colorado theater, U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R – Texas) went on right-wing radio to blame the incident on “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs”.
On The Heritage Foundation’s “Istook Live!”, Rep. Gohmert said, “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.”
Gohmert then blamed atheism for a rise in military suicides, citing an unconfirmed and unknown study. “But you know, I might mention something else that hadn’t been public yet. Most of us that follow the military, love the military know that we have had an extraordinary increase in suicide rates in the military and it’s just heartbreaking … There was a study commissioned, 6,000 personal of index profiles and what they found, and I don’t ‘know if they’ll make it public…but all of the people who have committed suicide within their two percent studied, were part of their 2 percent most atheistic members of the military. We’ve lost our faith.
And he didn’t stop there. He lamented the lack of legalized conceal and carry laws, trying to make the connection that if Colorado would have had such a law in place, it would have prevented the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting or at least stopped it sooner. Host Ernest Istook then reminded the Tea Party Congressman that Colorado already has legalized conceal and carry. He then wondered why, with so many people in the theater, no one was carrying a gun and stopped the shooter.
It should come as no surprise that Louie Gohmert is funded by donations from the National Rifle Association.