In response to a New York Post story reporting that Christians were “singled out” for murder by a mass shooter in Oregon on Monday, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey took to Facebook to encourage gun-ownership among Tennesseans “serious about their faith.”
The Republican Tennessee Senate speaker asserted that “perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy” and are actively targeting “Christians and defenders of the West.”
At the conclusion of his post, Ramsey provided a link to Tennessee’s state webpage that gives information about obtaining a handgun-carry permit.
“Our enemies are armed,” wrote Ramsey. “We must do likewise.”
In Tennessee, more than half a million people are licensed to carry firearms in public.
President Barak Obama, a Democrat, seized upon the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., to call for more gun control.
“It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun,” said the president. “And what’s become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation. Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out: We need more guns, they’ll argue. Fewer gun safety laws. Does anybody really believe that?”
Obama declared that it is a “political choice” that people in this country make “to allow this to happen every few months in America.”
“We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction,” said the president.
The shooting has reportedly left more than a dozen people dead.
Below is Lt. Gov. Ramsey’s post in full:
As I scroll through the news this morning I am saddened to read the details of the horrible tragedy in Oregon. My heart goes out to the citizens of Roseburg — especially the families and loved ones of those murdered.
The recent spike in mass shootings across the nation is truly troubling. Whether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West.
While this is not the time for widespread panic, it is a time to prepare. I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit. I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.
Our enemies are armed. We must do likewise.