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.