(NEW YORK) — The shooting could have been limited if someone else in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater had been carrying a gun, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert said Friday.
Gohmert reacted to the shooting, which left 12 dead, during an interview Friday on the radio program Ernest Istook Live! from The Heritage Foundation.
“Well it does make me wonder, you know with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying that could’ve stopped this guy more quickly?” Gohmert said. “I mean in Tyler, Texas, we had – my hometown – we had a shooter come in over a domestic matter, and just start shooting people. And it was a guy with a concealed carry – he got killed, but his shooting at this guy caused him to run and no doubt saved a lot of lives. He was a real hero.”
Colorado allows residents to obtain concealed carry permits, according to the Colorado State Patrol website.
“I know that before we ever had concealed carry in Texas, there was a, just a senseless shooting years ago in Killeen, Texas, in a restaurant, and, you know, if we had had concealed carry permits at the time, there was a woman who had to leave her gun in her car, and if we’d had concealed carry the guy would’ve been stopped before he could’ve killed so many people,” Gohmert said.
Radio host Ernest Istook asked Gohmert, a former judge, for his opinion on “the way that we have too many twisted minds in our society.” Gohmert blamed the deterioration of Judeo-Christian values, citing cases in which public expressions of religion have been stifled.
“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.
“When people say, ‘You say there’s a God, where is god in all of this?’ Well, you know, we don’t let–in fact we’ve threatened high school graduation participants that if they use God’s name that they’re going to be jailed,” Gohmert said. “‘Where is God?’ Well, what have we done with God? We’ve told him we don’t want him around. And I kind of like his protective hand being present.”
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