By Victor Ochieng
The famed, and often controversial televangelist, Pat Robertson, whose face has become almost synonymous with the long-running 700 Club show, claimed on Monday following the Las Vegas massacre that the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States was committed by individuals who disrespect President Donald Trump and the American flag.
The veteran televangelist reportedly said the kind of violence being witnessed in the American streets is as a result of lack of “controlling” and “biblical” authority in the country.
“Why is it happening?” Robertson asked his audience. “The fact that we have disrespect for authority; there is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him. It’s in the news, it’s in other places. There is disrespect now for our national anthem, disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system. All the way up and down the line, disrespect.”
He then added that nothing much will change in the American society until there is biblical authority. “And when there is no vision of God, the people run amok … and we have taken from the American people the vision of God, the whole idea of reward and punishment, an ultimate judge of all our actions, we’ve taken that away. When there is no vision of God, the people run amok.”
The Las Vegas shooting left more than 50 people dead with hundreds suffering different injures, some as a result of gunshots, while others because of the rampage caused by the shooting.
Many people have provided different explanations as to the cause of the shooting, with some blaming it on American gun laws. In fact, this has seen some leaders call for the review of gun laws so that the state can exercise greater control on gun ownership as a way to subvert possible future threats.
In the recent past, we’ve seen random shootings take place in different places, including churches, making many Americans feel quite insecure.
Stephen Paddock, the man behind the Las Vegas shooting, was found dead in a hotel room from where he allegedly executed the deadly mission. Several firearms were found in the room, but his motive hasn’t been established.