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In the always-crowded race to become the first public figure to say something incredibly douchey immediately after a tragedy, it would appear that bragging rights go toRep. Louis Gohmert, (R-TX), who, asked about the shootings in an interview on right-wing radio, took the opportunity to blame the shootings on America's failure to be Jesusy enough:


"You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of a derelict takes place," Gohmert said....

"People say ... where was God in all of this?" Gohmert said. "We've threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God's name, they're going to be jailed ... I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don't want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."

Gohmert also wondered why no one at the crowded theater had had the foresight to be packing heat so that, in a dark theater full of screaming people, they could have calmly shot the gunman, and speculated that the root cause of violence is probably atheism:

Most of us that follow the military, love the military know that we have had an extraordinary increase in suicide rates in the military and it’s just heartbreaking … There was a study commissioned, 6,000 personal of index profiles and what they found, and I don’t ‘know if they’ll make it public…but all of the people who have committed suicide within their two percent studied, were part of their 2 percent most atheistic members of the military. We’ve lost our faith.

It is not yet clear whether Gohmert has set a new record for the shortest time between a massacre and a public statement blaming the murderer's actions on the spiritual beliefs of other Americans, but he clearly hopes to be a contender for the title.

[HuffPo][ThinkProgress]

Thanks to Alert Wonketteer Weejee for calling attention to this story

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