Tennessee lieutenant governor: Christians should consider arming themselves

“While this is not the time for widespread panic, it is a time to prepare,” he later adds. “I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit. I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.

“Our enemies are armed. We must do likewise.”

His comments elicited a written statement from Tennessee Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, who said Ramsey’s comments “reek of fear-mongering and religious crusading.”

“Rather than lead the General Assembly’s bipartisan efforts to improve public safety by removing guns from the hands of criminals and addressing the serious mental health issues confronting many in our state, Senator Ramsey unfortunately chose the road most traveled by the radical right,” said Clemmons, who introduced a bill earlier this year that sought to amend the state’s “guns-in parks” legislation.