Though most politicians and presidential candidates have identified mental health issues or lack of gun control as the source of mass shootings that continue to plague the U.S., Republican candidate and former preacher Mike Huckabee has a different take.
Speaking with CNN about the most recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, which left 10 people dead, including the alleged gunman, Huckabee blamed “sin and evil” for the frequent mass shootings.
"We have not so much a gun problem; we have a problem with sin and evil," Huckabee said. "This is an evil thing, when people kill another person. Whether it's a pressure cooker or whether it's a gun, we're dealing with people who are either deranged or they're very focused because they want to kill people in the name of terrorism."
When pressed about what could be done to stem the tide of mass shootings, Huckabee’s answer was vague: "We need to do something that makes sense and something that actually helps."
“There are things that happen, some which we can prevent and some we can’t,” he added, according to The Hill. “For example, we could stop most of the car wrecks if we restricted speeds to 25 miles per hour. But as a society, we would never accept that. So sometimes we have to decide: What risks are we willing to take?”
Huckabee encouraged individuals to report behavior that is "a little bit creepy and frightening” to authorities and claimed that there were “warning signals” in the alleged shooter’s behavior ahead of the Umpqua Community College massacre, including the fact that he was “a loner.”