Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee asserted on Monday that gun safety laws could not curb mass shootings because the real problem was “sin and evil.” During an interview on CNN’s New Day, former Arkansas governor told host Alisyn Camerota the Umpqua Community College gunman who killed nine people could have been stopped in his family had intervened.
“He exhibited some traits and attitudes that were warning signals but nobody acted on them,” Huckabee explained. “And he was able to obtain those weapons, some of which came apparently from his mother, some that he obtained.” “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,” he continued. “We have not so much a gun problem, we have a problem with sin and evil.”
The former Arkansas governor then went on to say that even though “sin and evil are the predominant problems in America today, the best way to fix them is not to have more guns, but rather to see and identify what causes them once and for all.”
“And you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that the American society of today is a pale image, a disgrace of what it used to be. We have abominations walking freely today, and nobody seems to care that our children are the ones who they are targeting,” he stated, referring to members of the LGBTQ community.
Huckabee then went on to argue that the reason for the increasing number of mass shootings nationwide is somehow connected to the legalization of same-sex marriage. “No, seriously now, what happens is, you’ve got gay people who are now free to get married and live in their twisted little communities and they savor the opportunity to rub it in on normal people. And if they happen to have a conservative, Christian couple living next door, then all the better, they’ll gloat even more.”
“And if they happen to encounter conservative Christians who are single or maybe divorced, then they’ve hit the jackpot,” he added. “I mean, when something as important as a marriage doesn’t work out, or when you don’t even manage to find that special someone to marry and have a family with, and then on top of all that you get two gays who are not only happy together, but are now equal to normal couples, that really hurts a person’s feelings. I even bet it causes depression and raises some serious psychological issues. Of course, the fact that the gays constantly gloat about their newfound happiness and the legality of it doesn’t help.”
He concluded: “And then what are we left with? I’ll tell you, we’re left with normal people going out of their mind because of the fact that their own country is against them and has allowed deviant sodomites to have a happy life, while at the same time makes it impossible for normal God-fearing Christians to have any resemblance of a normal life. The end result? They pick up a gun and voila, decide to share their frustrations with others by going into a school or a church and kill a dozen people. And the worst part is they’ve only just started.”