- The Washington Times - Monday, November 6, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Devin Patrick Kelley, the 26-year-old who stormed First Baptist Church in Texas and shot and killed 26 and wounded scores more, was described by former school classmates as an “outcast” and atheist who used social media to mock Christianity.

Too bad for the mainstream media, which no doubt would’ve loved to make the case that Kelley was a card-carrying Christian, a Bible-thumping Republican, a tea party type conservative to the core.

Turns out: He’s reportedly a wicked atheist with no moral compass. Hey — that’s rather like many of the left now, isn’t it? Can you say antifa, anyone?

“He had a kid or two, fairly normal, but kind of quiet and lately seemed depressed,” said Patrick Boyce, who attended New Braunfels High School with Kelley, the Daily Mail reported. “He was the first atheist I met. He went [into the] Air Force after high school, got discharged, but I don’t know why.”

And this, from Nina Rose Nava, who also said she attended school with Kelley: “[I]n complete shock! I legit just deleted him off my [Facebook] cause I couldn’t stand his post. He was always talking about how people who believe in God [were] stupid and trying to preach his atheism.”

She also called him in an interview with the Daily Mail an “outcast but not a loner.”

“I removed him off FB for those same reasons,” wrote Christopher Leo Longoria, beneath Nava’s post, the Daily Mail again noted.

And this, from Michael Goff, also on Facebook: “[Kelley] was weird but never that damn weird, always posting his atheist sh** like Nina wrote, but damn he always posted pics of him and his baby — crazy.”

Don’t look for the left-leaning media to harp on these revelations of Kelley’s character and beliefs, though. Rather, it’s all about the gun control — all about the fact Kelley had access to guns, all about pressuring Congress to now restrict other Americans’ access to guns.

Kelley stormed the church this Sunday, dressed in black, tactical gear and fired off an assault rifle at the congregation. Police found more weapons and what they thought were explosives in his vehicle. And subsequent investigation revealed he had been court-martialed from the Air Force in 2012 for assaulting his spouse and child, and discharged for bad conduct a couple years later.

At one point, Kelley reportedly served as a Bible studies teacher at a different Baptist church — an obvious conflict with what classmates described as his recent anti-Christian postings.

Kelley’s victims ranged in age from five to 72. And no matter what the investigation into his background reveals, fact is, it’s evil, pure and simple, that’s at root — that’s cause for this tragedy.

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