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Friday, July 20, 2012

...which passes all understanding....


You knew the only Texas politician stupider than Rick Perry had to sound off:

"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. 

Okay, last first, then first last.  The shooter went in this way:

 Holmes was dressed all in black and wearing a helmet, a bullet-proof vest, armored leggings, a groin protector and a gas mask when he walked into the theater. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said the young man brought an assault rifle, a shot gun and at least one .40 caliber Glock pistol with him.
So maybe he was keenly aware Colorado allowed people to carry concealed weapons.

Second:  just what you need in a dark, crowded theater, when shots start ringing out, is another shooter, or two, or three, to stand up and start firing at the first shooter. If they can see who it is, and if they can be sure the first shooter is the only shooter, and that they are aiming for the first shooter.  One guy firing wildly is bad enough, let's add another person pumped up on adrenaline and pulling the trigger hoping the bullets magically find their target and don't pierce the walls of the multiplex, striking other moviegoers!  Brilliant!  Add to that  the story of the Gabby Giffords shooting, where the concerned citizen with a licensed handgun ran out into the chaos and very nearly shot the brave citizen who had wrestled the gun away from the real shooter, because handgun-carrying-guy figured the person with the gun was the perp.

So, yeah, real display of genius there, wishing more people in that theater had been armed.  Because if there's one thing we've learned in Afghanistan, it's that when lots of people have guns, nobody dares shoot anybody else.

As for the idea that this is all because God is no longer among us, because we are a faithless people:  yeah, we have covenant just like Israel does.  And yeah, God is just that petulant.

I much prefer what our President had to say:

 “Even as we learn how this happened and who is responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this,” Obama said. “Such violence, such evil is senseless, it’s beyond reason.”
He really is a man of deep religious thought.

May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep the hearts and minds of all who lost friends, family, loved ones, or who had persons they love who were wounded, in the knowledge and love of God and the comfort of Christ be with them.  Even with Louie Gohmert.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Sherri said...

We have more guns than any other country on earth. We have more shootings like this than any other country on earth. How can anybody possibly believe that the way to reduce the number of shootings is to increase the number of guns? It's like believing that the way to solve global warming is to increase the temperature of the planet.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Windhorse (the Non-controversial) said...

And the verdict from Fred Jackson of the American Family Association? It's mostly liberal churches and acceptance of gays to blame for the shooting.

http://tinyurl.com/d2nckz9

11:04 PM  
Anonymous drkrick said...

One thing about events like this - it helps identify some people who claim to be Christians who have absolutely no idea what Jesus actually taught.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous JCF said...

For those who say "If only there were other armed citizens in theater": when the police arrive, are they supposed to say "OK, *this* is Psycho-Killer Shooter #1 'who started it', whereas *that* is Righteous Armed Citizen Shooter #2, firing back."

SRSLY??? Or do the police shoot down EVERYBODY w/ a gun (and more power to 'em)?

2:31 AM  
Blogger lar said...

I personally have lived my whole life with gun enthusiasts, no one ever used there weapon for harm. What we are looking at is societal and has nothing to do with guns and would be naive to believe it did. I also think it is silly to make ones ideas about guns a spiritual matter.

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