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Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ramsey urges "fellow Christians" to arm themselves

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As I scroll through the news this morning I am saddened to read the details of the horrible tragedy in Oregon. My heart...

Posted by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey on Friday, October 2, 2015
Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. AP photo Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. AP photo

Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey encouraged his “fellow Christians” to arm themselves and “think about getting a handgun carry permit.”

This statement, on Ramsey’s Facebook page, comes following the mass shooting in Oregon Thursday.

The gunman, Christopher Harper Mercer, was later killed in a firefight with police at Umpqua Community College.

Survivors of the Umpqua shooting told relatives that Mercer asked people whether they were Christian or not. Anyone who responded "yes" was shot in the head and those who said "other" or didn't answer were shot elsewhere in the body, said Autumn Vicari, whose brother was in the classroom.

Mercer appeared to be sympathetic to the predominantly Catholic Irish Republican Army — but also posted online that he was "not religious."

Ramsey’s Facebook post reads:

As I scroll through the news this morning I am saddened to read the details of the horrible tragedy in Oregon. My heart goes out to the citizens of Roseburg -- especially the families and loved ones of those murdered.
The recent spike in mass shootings across the nation is 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.
While this is not the time for widespread panic, 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. We must do likewise.

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