The tragic shooting that took place early Friday at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., is being used by some as a platform for self-promotion.
Even though 12 people were killed and 59 injured -- excluding the countless people the incident will affect mentally -- both a Texas politician and an online store have exploited the incident.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, implied during a radio interview Friday that the event would not have taken place if the citizens of the U.S. placed a higher value on the teachings of the Bible.
You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place, Gohmert said on the The Heritage Foundation's Istook Live radio show.
Later in the interview, Gohmert wondered why no one else in the theater had a gun to fight back against the shooter. The host of the radio show informed the Texas Republican, who has been linked to the Tea Party movement, that Colorado does have laws that allow citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Gohmert also equated James Holmes, the shooter, with terrorists and cited a yet-to-be-released study that claimed people without a belief in God are more likely to kill themselves.
Most of us that follow the military, love the military know that we have had an extraordinary increase in suicide rates in the military and it's just heartbreaking ... There was a study commissioned, 6,000 [personnel] of index profiles and what they found, and I don't know if they'll make it public ... but all of the people who have committed suicide within their two percent studied, were part of their two percent most atheistic members of the military, Gohmert said, according to Think Progress.
A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and Press found that 19 percent of Americans consider themselves agnostic, atheist, or having beliefs in nothing in particular, as noted by USA Today. If the demographic questions are ignored, it's possible that one-fifth of Gohmert's constituents do not believe in God.
This news follows the outrage that a celebrity-style clothing boutique was hit with following its tweet promoting its business. The message has since been deleted and replaced with an apology, but it originally read, #Aurora is trending, clearly about our Kim [Kardashian] inspired #Aurora dress ;). The short ad was followed by a link to a $157 dress.
The reaction to that message was exclusively negative, with former ESPN host Michelle Beadle tweeting, Hey morons ... turn on a TV, and MLB talk-show host Kevin Goldstein tweeting, You are the worst people on earth.