Roy Moore, an Alabama Republican who won the party’s nomination in a special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat, last month blamed the Sandy Hook shooting on a lack of respect for “the law of God.”
“You wonder why we’re having problems? Newtown, Connecticut? All across our country, with killings, stealing, committing adultery? Because we’ve forgotten the law of God,” Moore said at an Aug. 24 event defending religious liberties.
CNN was first to report on the footage of the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court addressing a group at an Alabama church.
"You wonder why we're having shootings, and killings here in 2017? Because we've asked for it," Moore said. "We've taken God out of everything. We've taken prayer out of school, we've taken prayer out of council meetings."
Sen. Chris Murphy called Moore’s comments “sick.”
“It brings tears to my eyes,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday. “The idea that the Republican Party is wrapping their arms around someone who got up in front of a large audience and said … that the people of Sandy Hook, because they stopped following God, prompted a divine intervention which led to the murder of 20 kids is abhorrent.”
The Newtown Action Alliance, a grass-roots gun violence prevention group that was founded after Sandy Hook, addressed Moore’s comments in a Facebook post.
“No Roy Moore. Sandy Hook shooting had nothing to do with God. It occurred because the majority of Republican members of Congress — who are in the pockets of the NRA — refuse to pass sensible gun laws and the mother of a mentally ill gunman decided to give him unfettered access to assault weapons and high capacity magazines instead of seeking help for his mental illness.”
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