By Jamal Whiteman
Conservatives seem to be bending over backward to avoid blaming the recent Las Vegas shooting on easy access to high-powered weapons.
Fundamentalist and former actor Christian Kirk Cameron has blamed the shooting on “liberal Hollywood.”
“The shooter was influenced by Hollywood values pushed in violent video games and rap music,” said Cameron in an interview with Charisma magazine. “If we had a Bible in every home and prayer in school, we wouldn’t have these problems.” But Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was in his 60s and most likely didn’t play video games or listen to rap music.
Televangelist Pat Robertson also blamed the shooting on a lack of respect for President Donald Trump and American values.
“The fact that we have disrespect for authority; there is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him. It’s in the news, it’s in other places,” said Robertson on “The 700 Club.” “There is disrespect now for our national anthem, disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system.”
He also blamed the shooting on a lack of “biblical authority.”
“There has to be some controlling authority in our society and there is none. And when there is no vision of God, the people run amok … and we have taken from the American people the vision of God,” said Robertson.
However, a guest on “FOX and Friends,” had an even more bizarre theory. Dr. Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist, blamed the shooting on CNN who had “demonized gun owners.”
“FOX and Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said Paddock “didn’t have God in his heart,” although there is no evidence to show this.
However, even though conservatives think prayer, Bibles and God will solve gun violence, the evidence doesn’t support this. Japan and Sweden are secular countries but have low rates of gun violence because they don’t have easy access to firearms.