While not quite the Crusades, a call to arms for Christians is drawing plenty of attention.
In the wake of a gunman targeting Christians at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, taking the lives of nine people before being killed by police, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is encouraging Christians in America to arm themselves, according to The Tennessean.
The lawmaker posted a message Friday on Facebook that said “whether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West.”
Witnesses have said the Oregon shooter asked victims if they were Christian, with those who answered yes being shot in the head.
“Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second,” the killer reportedly said, according to one student in the room.
Ramsey, a Republican who also serves as speaker of the state senate, called on Christians to protect themselves by getting a concealed weapon permit.
“I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit,” he wrote. “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.”
But not all were in agreement with Ramsey’s stance that Christians should take steps to avoid being led to slaughter like sheep.
Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons issued a statement saying the lieutenant governor’s remarks “reek of fear mongering and religious crusading.”
“There is an eerie absence of logic in his statement that ties one’s Christian faith to firearms ownership that is offensive to all religions,” Clemmons said. “Senator Ramsey is essentially saying that we should all run out and get a handgun carry permit to prove how serious we are about our Christian faith.”
If only Democrats were as outspoken about guns in America’s inner cities.
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