Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says a renewed debate for gun-control laws is a distraction from an uncomfortable truth: America has a problem with “sin and evil.”
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked the Republican presidential candidate on Monday how Umpqua Community College shooter Christopher Harper-Mercer was able to “stockpile 13 weapons.”
The 26-year-old killed nine and wounded seven in Roseburg, Oregon, on Oct. 1. He committed suicide after exchanging fire with cops responding to 9-1-1 calls.
“We always talk about what the weapon was, but whether it’s a pressure cooker or whether it’s a gun, we’re dealing with people who are either deranged or they’re very focused because they want to kill people in the name of terrorism. We have not so much a gun problem – we have a problem with sin and evil,” said Huckabee, Mediaite reported.
The Republican also said there were warning signs Harper-Mercer was unstable, but nobody intervened before his massacre targeting Christians.
“This guy apparently was a loner. He exhibited traits of behaviors that were warning signals, but nobody acted upon them,” said Huckabee.
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President Obama, who called on Americans to “politicize” the tragedy last Thursday in Washington, plans to privately visit with families of the victims this Friday at the college.
“So we know there are ways to prevent [shootings]. And of course, what’s also routine is somebody somewhere will comment and say, ‘Obama will politicize this issue.’ Well this is something we should politicize,” Obama said Oct. 1, WND reported. “Right now I can imagine the press releases be cranked out. We need more guns, they’ll argue. Fewer gun-safety laws. Does anybody really believe that? There are scores of responsible gun owners in this country. They know this is not true.”
Harper-Mercer’s father, Ian Mercer, echoed Obama’s argument while speaking with CNN Monday.
“They talk about gun control. Every time something like this happens, they talk about it, and nothing is done. … It has to change,” said Mercer, Reuters reported.