Or it would be if the gunman, Chris Harper-Mercer, hadn't conspicuously singled out evangelical Christians for martyrdom. Unfortunately for the slain Brethren and Sistren, Christians are not a protected group, so it's open season on us:
The Washington Post reported that in one classroom, the gunman appeared to pick out Christian students for killing, according to witnesses.
“He said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,'” said Stacy Boylan, the father of one injured woman, Anastasia Boylan. “And then he shot and killed them.”
The gunman stormed into a classroom in Snyder Hall on campus, shot a professor at point-blank range, then ordered cowering students to stand up and state their religion before he shot them one by one, according to survivors' accounts....
Accounts from survivors were chilling.
Stacy Boylan told CNN his daughter recalled seeing her professor being shot point blank as the assailant stormed into the classroom.
"He was able to stand there and start asking people one by one what their religion was," Boylan said, relating the ordeal as described by his daughter. "'Are you a Christian?' he would ask them. ... 'If you're a Christian, stand up. Good. Because you're a Christian, you're going to see God in just about one second,' and he shot and killed them. And he kept going down the line, doing this to people."
Another family member, Autumn Vican, described to NBC News what her brother J.J. witnessed in the room where the shootings occurred. According to NBC: “Vicari said at one point the shooter told people to stand up before asking whether they were Christian or not. Vicari’s brother told her that anyone who responded ‘yes’ was shot in the head. If they said ‘other’ or didn’t answer, they were shot elsewhere in the body, usually the leg.”
Mr. Mercer, as you probably have already deduced, is a Muslim, or at least a jihadi-symp:
Pamela Geller, found Oregon shooter myspace profile. On his myspace page, Chris Harper-Mercer, twenty-six, posted a photograph of himself holding a rifle, alongside images of masked IRA gunmen and an IRA terrorist video. The IRA and Palestinian terrorism have a long history.
He has two friends – a girl and a jihadist [Mahmoud Ali Ehsani]. Check out the terror sympathizer’s page – “Kill the Jews”.
“My brave soldiers keep on fighting for the liberation of Palestine against Israel. Fuck Israel. Kill the Jews. Jews are the only infidels.”
And Christians as well, it would seem.
Remember over three months ago, when it was a white kid (Dylan Roof) shooting up a church full of black Christian evangelicals? Only the victims' race was played up, and especially that of their killer, sending the Left off on a Shermanesque march through southern culture and history to expunge the very existence of the Confederacy and the lessons its horrible racist example should continue to teach us (not the State sovereignty part, which is the core of the United States Constitution). It was in the latter category that Christianity gets lumped, and would have in this case were the slaughtered Christians not also African-American.
But yesterday in Roseburg, Oregon? No mention that Mr. Mercer is a jihadi-symp, no mention that Mr. Mercer is "mixed race" at best and his victims not just Christian but white as well. Since there's no racial angle, and the only good "Bible-thumper" is a dead "Bible-thumper" as far as the Left is concerned, that leaves only one other avenue of attack, and one that is well-traveled indeed:
At the White House, a visibly angry Barack Obama challenged Americans across the political spectrum to press their elected leaders to enact tougher firearms-safety laws.
He lashed out at the National Rifle Association gun lobby for blocking reforms and lamented how common mass shootings had become.
"Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here, at this podium, ends up being routine," he said. "We've become numb to this."
No, we've become numb to your relentless hectoring on one of the few issues that the Left has never been able to get over with the public. We've become numb to your ghoulish pouncing on every such mass-shooting incident to exploit it for your radical, extremist, unconstitutional gun-confiscation agenda. And we've REALLY become numb to your endless insistence on gun control measures that are not only unconstitutional ("...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms SHALL NOT be infringed.") but would not have stopped or even slowed down a single one of these active shooter attacks.
Once again, anybody who would murder over a dozen people in cold blood is a CRIMINAL. And CRIMINALS DON'T HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR THE LAW TO BEGIN WITH, ESPECIALLY gun laws. And Umpqua Community College was and remains - wait for it, wait for it - A "GUN-FREE" ZONE, where even campus security is not allowed to be armed. And "gun-free zones" attract active shooters like a manure wagon draws flies.
But Obama has to push this as a gun-control issue. Because the truth - a "mixed-race" Muslim shooting up a classroom full of evangelical Christians, or a transparent act of domestic terrorism, and, yes, a hate crime - runs diametrically counter to his ideological agenda.
The good news is, our brothers and sisters in Christ are with our LORD now; the bad news is, they died in vain.
But as it is written, "Vengeance is mine, sayeth the LORD, I will repay".
One other piece of good news: Mr. Mercer has discovered who his "god" Allah REALLY is.
UPDATE: Chris Harper-Mercer is dead and Chris Mintz - hero and Army veteran - is alive:
The one to remember is 30-year-old Chris Mintz, the student and Army vet who was shot at least five times while charging straight at the gunman in an effort to save others....
Chris Mintz, thirty, was shot seven times during the Thursday rampage, but he says his main concern is about the others who were injured.
“I just hope that everyone else is OK,” he told ABC News this morning.
“I’m just worried about everyone else.”
“He ran to the library and pulled the alarms and he was telling people to run, grabbing people, telling them, ‘You just have to go,'” witness Hannah Miles told ABC News.
“He actually ran back towards the building where the shooting was and he ran back into the building and I don’t know what happened to him,” she said of Mintz.