Joey Garrison reports for The Tennessean, Oct. 2, 2015, that in response to reports that Oregon college shooter Chris Harper-Mercer had targeted Christians in his shooting spree, Tennesse lietenant governor and state senator Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) yesterday urged fellow Christians to consider getting a gun. (See “Oregon shooter singled out Christians for slaughter“)
This is what Ramsey posted on his Facebook page:
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.
Ramsey’s comments elicited a written statement from Tennessee State Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville), who said Ramsey’s comments “reek of fear-mongering and religious crusading.”
Clemmons, a pro-abort Demonrat who voted against two Tennessee laws putting restrictions on abortion, accused Ramsey of publicity-seeking and of choosing “the road most traveled by the radical right” and, in so doing, impeding “the General Assembly’s bipartisan efforts to improve public safety by removing guns from the hands of criminals.” Clemmons then pontificated that, “Things have never ended well when any leader has asked people to take up arms in the name of their religious faith.”
So according to state Rep. Clemmons, upholding the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment is “the road” of the “radical right”!
Thank you, Clemmons, for confirming what I’d always thought: America’s Founding Fathers are today’s Conservatives.