Gov. Bobby Jindal Responds to Louisiana Shooting With Calls For Prayer And More Prayer

| by Michael Allen

John Russell Houser reportedly opened fire on July 23 at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing two women, injuring several others and then killing himself.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana traveled from Baton Rouge to Lafayette to console the victims and the community, whom he repeated urged prayer for.

Jindal tweeted:

"I'm on my way to Lafayette right now. Please say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families."

"Prayers for Lafayette at Grand Theater. Talking to state police colonel about shooting in Lafayette."

"I would ask everyone to take a moment and pray for the victims that are injured and those families who have lost a loved one. (3/3)"

"Our hearts are heavy for the families of Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33. #PrayersForLafayette"

"Also please pray for the victims still in the hospital as well as the doctors & medical teams treating them. #PrayersForLafayette"

After the mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, Jindal stated, "Now is the time for prayer, now is the time for healing. As far as the political spectrum, this isn’t the time,” noted TheBlaze.

Jindal has signed several pro-gun laws and criminalized publishing the names of gun owners in his state, noted The Associated Press.

Earlier in July, Jindal posed with a rifle in Iowa during a campaign stop and tweeted the picture, reported The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Louisiana leads the country in gun-related deaths, according to a study by the Violence Policy Center.

In 2011, Louisiana had gun death rate of 18.91 per 100,000 people. The state also had a 45.6 percent household gun ownership.

After the South Carolina shooting, President Barack Obama said that these types of mass shootings didn't happen in other advanced countries with the frequency of U.S. violence. He also urged the American people to address the issue of gun violence, reported The Washington Post.

Jindal told Fox News at the time that Obama's comments were "completely shameful."

Sources: Gov. Bobby Jindal/Twitter, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), TheBlaze, NOLA.com (AP), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Violence Policy Center, The Washington Post, Fox News / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr