Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is encouraging Christians to arm themselves following Thursday’s mass shooting in Oregon in which the gunman reportedly singled out Christians.
The Chattanooga Times-Free Press adds:
But the Republican Senate speaker’s call drew criticism from Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini, who charged him with “fearmongering” and “apocalyptic delusions.”
In a Facebook post Friday, Ramsey referred to a “recent spike in mass shootings across the nation” as “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,” he wrote.
“While this is not the time for widespread panic,” Ramsey added, “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,” he added. “We must do likewise.”
The post included a link to a Tennessee government website describing the steps necessary to obtain a state-issued handgun permit.
According to news accounts, Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire on fellow students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., killing nine students and wounding others before dying himself.
CNN reported the father of a wounded student saying his daughter told him Mercer singled out Christians. While reloading his handgun, the gunman ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians, Anastasia Boylan told her family, CNN reported.
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