Congressman Gohmert says Colorado Shooting Linked to Attacks on Christianity

Other lawmakers express sorrow and outrage after shooting in Aurora

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Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told radio host Ernest Istook, a former Oklahoma congressman, that the Colorado theater shooting could be directly linked to "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs."

"You know what really gets me, a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of a derelict takes place," Gohmert said on Istook Live, according to a report from the Huffington Post.

Thirteen people were killed in the shooting and more than 35 were injured.

And while Istook reminded Gohmert that the motives of James Holmes, the 24-year-old man police took into custody following the shooting, were still unknown, Gohmert was insistent.

"Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue of freedom, that was important," he said on the show, "People say...where was God in all of this? We've threatened high school graduation participations if they use God''s name, they're going to be jailed... I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don't want him around."

Gohmert also criticized why no one in the theater struck back.

"It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?" he said.

Other members of Congress expressed deep sorrow over the shooting.

"I am deeply saddened and outraged by these senseless and tragic shootings," said Colorado Sen. Mark Udall. "I am praying for a speedy recovery for those who are wounded."

Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman who is from the area said "I've lived in Aurora almost all of my life and nothing like this has ever happened here. This was the type of violence that I would have expected when I served in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps but never here at home."

Ohio Republican Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House, said "Confronted with incomprehensible evil, Americans pull together and embrace our national family more tightly."

You can watch more of Congress' reaction below: