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The Gunman’s Christian Martyrs

President Barack Obama likes to tout his religious passion. Today, we will find out if it equals his passion for gun control.

According to multiple reports, the gunman who killed 10 people and wounded seven Thursday at a rural college in Oregon methodically asked his victims whether they were Christians before he killed them, one by one.

One of the students wounded at the school, Anastasia Boylan, said the killer ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christian.

“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,'” Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.

“And then he shot and killed them.”

Each and every one of those young Americans who revealed their belief is a hero and a Christian martyr. Today, it is incumbent upon our leaders, starting with the top dog, to talk about their incalculable bravery.

Instead, many people, like the president did on Thursday night, will focus on scaling back the Second Amendment by passing gun measures that in all likelihood will be useless for stopping mass murderers, but which will prevent some from defending themselves while scaling back freedom.

The antigun outrage will make Obama and his allies feel fantastic about themselves and offer the comforting illusion that they are “trying to do something.” That will be the main accomplishment.

Perhaps some of those who will serve up histrionics today should ask whether they are compounding the problem. The shooter, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, craved the attention, according to CBS.

He apparently wrote this on social media about the man who in August killed a reporter and her cameraman in Virginia:

“I have noticed that so many people . . . are alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”

Maybe the president would like to outlaw video games. Inevitably, the shooters are found to have spent hours every day wrapped around a video console shooting zombies or some other imaginary threat.

An online dating profile that appears to belong to Mercer lists his hobbies and interests as “Internet, killing zombies, movies, music, reading,” CBS reported.

Nothing the president does is going to eliminate guns or significantly decrease their availability, other than to law-abiding citizens. Unless he believes he can repeal the Second Amendment with a two-thirds vote of his White House staff.

But one thing he can do, for a grieving nation, is talk about the bravery of these martyred American Christians.

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26 Responses to The Gunman’s Christian Martyrs

  1. The word “Christian” will not cross Obama’s lips. “Christian martyr” is as unspeakable a concept to him as “Islamic Radical.” This one feels a little like Columbine, but we’ll see what else comes out on the shooter. And it will be interesting to know where the guns came from. My money says they are already “illegal.”

  2. There is one factor that unites almost all of the multiple shootings in the US- the victims were unarmed, or they were ambushed by the shooter.
    White, Black, Christian or not, civilian or military, the victims were chosen because they could not defend themselves.

    Yesterday’s killer, like so many young men across the world, are enthralled by the ISIS mentality. After years of playing violent video games, a real, live group of people are living the ‘game’ – killing, maiming, raping with impunity and that appeals to the immature or deranged.
    His question put to his victims about religion was not a personal hatred of Christians, but rather a sad attempt to join his imaginary heros in the Middle East who are living a life of violent crime under the guise of religious imperative.
    Without arms, people living in the US would be singing “God Save the Queen” instead of the “Star Spangled Banner”.
    We haven’t forgotten that in the 250 years since.

    • We don’t know much yet and I don’t intend to make a big study of this awful crime–but my sense is jihadism is not really an element–except as it contributes to a lawless, violent tinge to the entire globe. The guy probably had too much time on his hands, had been rejected by various people, was angry, and decided to pounce to single himself out of the masses, indicated disordered thinking or insanity. In other words, the usual–and the reason gun control laws are a usual theme, too, is that there is no way to stop this sort of thing.

    • Christians were singled out to be killed. Obama will say NOTHING about this. (in Bibi’s words, there will be a “deafening silence.”)

      if Muslims had been singled out to be killed, Obama would have already given five speeches about it and the New York Times would be wetting the bed about how Islamophobic Americans are.

      and of course, if they’d been Jews, there wouldn’t have been any stories at all, because nobody cares when Jews die apparently.

      • Rulierose, you said it in a nutshell. Obama is Not Christian in any way, shape or form. He is so anti American I cant understand how he still walks on American soil. I say take away ALL guns protecting his sorry ass and let the chips fall where they may.

  3. These innocent victims are Christian martyrs, but Obama won’t ever say it. When a Christian baker refuses to bake a cake for a gay couple, they’re homophobic.

    • …and everytime I say:
      “kill them all, let Allah sort them out”

      people say Im using hate speech, yet its OK for Mohammedans to kill girls who want to go to school, mutilate female genitals, fly airplanes into NYC, Pentagon, etc. and to behead people

  4. Obama asked why, if the USA has mental health issues like other nations, why do we have a greater mass murder rate?

    I don’t know for sure, but something tells me other nations take preventive measures to control the behavior of those gravely afflicted by mental health.

    We did that at one point in our country…

    This sounds cruel, I know. But we must face facts and the public at large is being threatened by unstable members of our own society and in our quest to grant each and every citizen individual control over their own life, we sacrifice lives of the innocent.

    I truly don’t know the answer….

    H

  5. Thank you so much for recognizing the victims and their families. The focus should be on commemorating their bravery and loss. I’m afraid this is yet another crisis/tragedy that “will not go to waste.” Let people grieve before you turn their suffering into a political maneuver.

    • X2. God Bless them and their families and friends.
      As well to the Vet who stormed the maniac and was shot 7 to 8 times, thank you for your brave move. That was 7 to 8 other shots that could have killed another person.

  6. Waiting to find out what mental illness prescription he was on. That always seems to be the common denominator.

    Though – could be just a correlation and not a causation (since you usually need to have a mental problem in the first place to be prescribed these things). But with all of the scary “side effects” of these drugs (“suicidal thoughts or actions”)…makes you wonder.

  7. I really don’t want to dwell on this, but this martyr thing–do you think there was mass confusion, he was standing over people, asking things, people were probably crying etc–do you think people knew they would die if they said Christian–I am not sure I would say that if I knew it meant death–what point would I be proving? Just a thought.

    • When faced with danger, run.
      When you’re running, you are a harder target to hit.
      These kids were sheep, intimidated by a man that controlled them.

      Are you a Christian,….?
      Say no.

      • The students were assured that their campus was a gun-free zone with security (unarmed). What could possibly go wrong? Gun-free is an open invitation to every nut job in the world, to wreak terror upon innocents.

  8. All of these mass shootings have one thing in common. A young man who never fit in, had issues finding a place in this world and just like the others I suspect he was on some medication for these and perhaps physical issues as well. When a person turns eighteen, parents no longer have the ability to keep checks on conditions and doctor visits. If a young person wants to shut out his family it is no problem legally. This is an issue I would like to see addressed.