VIDEO: Contrasting reactions to the Colorado shootings from Pres. Obama, GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert

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"It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carryin' that could have stopped this guy more quickly?"

Via HuffPo:

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took place in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result of "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs" and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter.

If someone in the theater had been carrying a gun, another tragedy might have occurred, as nearly happened when an armed hero nearly shot the wrong man after Gabby Giffords was so horrifically injured.

Now that you've heard Goehmert's remarks, here are the president's:

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  • chris kraska

    First off, Louie Gohmert is a moron.  His crazy religious BS talk makes me sick.

    As to the shooting, it's tragic.  It was probably also preventable on a number of levels. 

    The shooter obviously has mental health issues.  There's no way to commit an act like this without being a psychopath or suffering from some mental breakdown.  Had he made his plan known to anyone?  Had he hinted at it in a cry for help? Did he post on social media about his intent?  I'm sure we'll find out in the weeks to come.

    Obviously people with mental health issues shouldn't own firearms.  That goes without saying. 

    Could a security guard or an armed citizen have prevented this? Possibly.  Is the answer to arm everyone?  No, it's not.

    I'll say it here first on my sister's blog.  I believe we need tougher gun control in the form of a proactive screening process.  I'm not talking about phoning the ATF to see if a person has a criminal record.  I'm talking about testing.  Psychological and competency testing. 

    In over 20 years as a firearms instructor I've encountered people that I refused to take on as students.  I made a decision based on their demeanor, their words and whether or not they gave me the willies.  Sadly, I'm sure they went down the road and took classes with someone who didn't care about anything but the color of their money.

    I teach people how to shoot pistols, shotguns and rifles.  Yes, I even teach them how to shoot the AR15.  Anyone who owns any firearm should train extensively.  Just having a gun makes you a marksman like owning a piano makes you a pianist.  I shoot between 5 and 7 thousand rounds a year.  The average police officer shoots less than one thousand rounds a year. 

    Shooting in a situation like this isn't only about the mechanics of shooting, it's about mindset, personal responsibility and a host of other factors.  In short, probably less than 10% of people who have CCW licenses in any given state are truly qualified to carry a firearm. 

    Tougher screening, rigorous and extensive checks and mandatory and thorough training are in order.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Chris

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DW7LHDQQLRH5RQG2AGEXP35QGM Mr. B

    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took
    place in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result of
    “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs”

    Eh . . . WHAT?

    Um, Louie -- just how was the shooter able to tell who was a Christian and who was a Jew in a darkened theater?

    .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BGSUHDMPMDI7TUAVZGBXLDHJCI ErickB

    This shit makes me crazy!!!!!!!

    Clear back in the late 1800's America's western marshal's and sheriff's determined that more guns resulted in more shootings so they began to implement gun regulations!

    Check (meaning surrender) your guns with law enforcement or expect to spend a spell in the gray bar hotel!

    So it was, by definition, a conservative solution to limit the number of shootings by limiting the number of guns!

    NO MORE!

    Now "conservative" means more guns = greater peace.

    And crapping my pants makes me smell really fresh and clean.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BGSUHDMPMDI7TUAVZGBXLDHJCI ErickB

    This shit makes me crazy!!!!!!!

    Clear back in the late 1800's America's western marshal's and sheriff's determined that more guns resulted in more shootings so they began to implement gun regulations!

    Check (meaning surrender) your guns with law enforcement or expect to spend a spell in the gray bar hotel!

    So it was, by definition, a conservative solution to limit the number of shootings by limiting the number of guns!

    NO MORE!

    Now "conservative" means more guns = greater peace.

    And crapping my pants makes me smell really fresh and clean.

  • SoapBox

    Rep. Gomer makes me sick to my stomach.

    He's another national disgrace from the Bagger Party.

  • SoapBox

    Rep. Gomer makes me sick to my stomach.

    He's another national disgrace from the Bagger Party.

  • http://twitter.com/Lairderg Sheila Sikorski

    Goehmert is an idiot. All that theater needed was to have multiple shooters tearing up the place. On the other hand, the President's remarks are right on point.

  • http://twitter.com/Lairderg Sheila Sikorski

    Goehmert is an idiot. All that theater needed was to have multiple shooters tearing up the place. On the other hand, the President's remarks are right on point.

  • http://twitter.com/Lairderg Sheila Sikorski

    Goehmert is an idiot. All that theater needed was to have multiple shooters tearing up the place. On the other hand, the President's remarks are right on point.

  • http://twitter.com/Lairderg Sheila Sikorski

    Goehmert is an idiot. All that theater needed was have multiple shooters tearing up the place. However, the President's remarks are right on point.