Family Research Council President Tony Perkins suggested on Oct. 8 that President Barack Obama was partly to blame for the mass shooting committed by Chris Harper-Mercer on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, on Oct. 1 (video below).
During his "Washington Watch" radio show, Perkins slammed Obama for not mentioning that Harper-Mercer's parents were divorced, and for not saying that Harper-Mercer targeted Christians, notes RightWingWatch.
The Rev. Franklin Graham also claimed earlier this week that Christians were targeted by Harper-Mercer, but Slate noted on Oct. 6, "Critically, the most alarming claims about the shooter targeting Christians were made by people who were not at the scene."
Slate also recalled how Christians widely claimed that 1999 Columbine High School shooting victim Cassie Bernall was killed for believing in God, which turned out to be untrue.
Perkins then dropped his implications of blame on Obama as questions:
"Could the religious hostility that the president and his policies have fostered have something to do with this? Could his policies that have pushed us away from family formation and from marriage have something to do with the moral implosion that’s taking place in our country?"
Perkins didn't state what these specific policies were or how these policies somehow controlled people's individual choices regarding marriage, family and morals.
After trying to advance his unsupported claims, Perkins went on to claim that Obama was going "to use this to advance his anti-Second Amendment political agenda."