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Newt Gingrich Blames ‘Anti Religious’ Secular Government For Newtown Shooting

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Former presidential candidate and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

During a local talk radio show early Wednesday morning, former Speaker Newt Gingrich cast his lot with the religious right by blaming last week’s tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on secularism and immoral video games.

Gingrich joined host Brian Thomas of 55KRC in Cincinnati to discuss his latest book, but the conversation quickly pivoted towards gun control and why godlessness in our schools is really to blame:

When you have an anti-religious, secular bureaucracy and secular judiciary seeking to drive God out of public life, something fills the vacuum. And that something, you know, I don’t know that going from communion to playing war games in which you practice killing people is necessarily an improvement.

Listen to the remarks:

Gingrich is perhaps the most prominent Republican yet to blame godlessness for the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said on the day of the shooting that the tragedy occurred because we “removed God from our schools,” while televangelist James Dobson blamed gay marriage and abortion.

This is also not the first time Gingrich has sought to blame secularism and video game manufacturers for causing a school shooting. After the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, he appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos and made a very similar argument:

I think the fact is if you look at the amount of violence in games that young people play, at 7, 8, 10, 12, 15 years of age, if you look at the de-humanization, if you look at the fact that we refuse to say that we are endowed by a creator, that our rights come from God, that if you kill somebody you’re committing an act of Evil.

Conservatives have been eager to turn elsewhere in search of a cause for such tragedies, unwilling to have a serious discussion over gun control. But studies have shown that school shootings are occurring with more frequency than ever before, curiously mirroring the expansion of gun rights across the country.

Update

On Wednesday, Gingrich appeared on The Huffington Post’s live broadcast and dug a bit deeper. “School administrators should be trained and should have arms that are available under lock and key,” he told host Marc Lamont Hill. Gingrich joins many other conservatives who have taken Friday’s tragedy as an opportunity to push for loosening restrictions on deadly weapons even further and introducing more guns into elementary schools and other public facilities.

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