Christians accuse god of caring less about others.

The initial title for this piece was “Christians say god saves them from gunman”, but I changed it for purposes of accuracy.  A guy went to rob a McDonalds and his gun malfunctioned.  And because guns never malfunction (which makes a person wonder why our soldiers, who are presumably in possession of high-quality firearms, receive copious training about how to disassemble, clean, and reassemble their weapons as a response to them jamming), a Christian man leaped to the only reasonable conclusion: god saved him.

Police say they can’t explain why a shooter’s weapon jammed at a Fort Worth McDonald’s on Tuesday night, but at least one customer says he knows why a tragedy was averted:

“That’s all it was, was God,” Davage Armstrong tells WFAA. “That’s all it could have been.”

That’s all it could’ve been!  A god who watches the innocent gunned down by thieves on a daily basis without lifting a finger saw this particular thief and because he loved Davage Armstrong so damn much, this time god decided to intervene.  Yeah, he couldn’t be bothered for all those other sods (most of which were Christians, statistically), but for you, Davage?  He’s got your back.  God has big plans for you, Davage Armstrong (that he didn’t have for little Suzie who got gunned down just yesterday a few towns over).  High five, buddy.

Of course, god didn’t come down in a blast of light to stop the assailant, he just stopped the gun from working in a way that looked completely consistent with a jammed gun.  Otherwise it might be possible to fully resolve the issue for everybody, not just in the eyes of some pretentious dude who already believed, and god apparently can’t have that.

Even the suspect’s family is crediting divine intervention. Joseph’s mother, who doesn’t want to be identified, tells the Star-Telegram she believes he was suffering a nervous breakdown, and the gun malfunctioned  “because we were praying.”

“… I told God to keep Jestin, and that’s what I do believe happened,” she told the newspaper on Thursday. “I did not know he even had a gun.”

Added Jestin’s mother “…and to all you copious families with troubled children who prayed for their offspring right before they committed a heinous crime or committed suicide, I guess you just didn’t pray hard enough.”  The arrogance of these people.

And your son is being held on $500,000 bond.  How’s god doing at keeping your son?  I guess it could be worse, since had the gun gone off he’d be getting charged with murder, but it’s awfully generous of you to credit god with success just because he didn’t maximally fail.  That’s paying someone to house sit for you and then praising them for doing a great job when you return to find that only most of the house burned.

Seriously.  This is your religion of humility.  It makes me sick.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • aoscott

    More likely the guy didn’t clean the gun after each use, or he used new ammunition he hadn’t tried out before. OR it was simply luck, as a gun WILL jam at some point in its use (not the fault of the gun, it’s just probability).

    I’m curious as to what kind of “jam” it was. He didn’t get a shot off, so I’m going to assume the bullet didn’t feed correctly into the chamber. He most likely “rode the slide” as they say. Meaning when he first pulled back on the slide to rack the bullet, instead of letting it go after pulling it all the way back, he held onto it longer.

    Anyway, I’m trying to say this is most likely due to him not being very well trained with his weapon, and not some divine intervention. These sorts of mistakes are way more common than you think, and is almost ALWAYS due to user-error. Although like I said before, your gun WILL jam at some point in time.

  • NotAProphet

    I keep trying to explain this to my friend and colleague who is a ‘padre’: If something happens that is statistically highly unlikely, yet still possible, it is NOT a miracle. A miracle is something LITERALLY impossible happening in spite of everything we know about the consistency of the universe.

    “Million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.”

  • smrnda

    I have fired guns many times. If you don’t know proper gun maintenance and cleaning, guns will jam. Inexperienced users also don’t always know how to handle guns since their only instruction is action movies.

  • wtfwjtd

    Oh good grief, it’s pretty obvious in the video what happened; he went in there with a double-action semi-auto that didn’t have a round in the chamber. This is consistent with the gun “clicking”, (as described by witnesses in the video),because the hammer is dropping on an empty chamber,. Then, trying to figure out what happened, he drops the magazine, re-inserts it, goes outside,and manages to get the gun to fire once. He obviously didn’t re-insert the mag correctly, as the slide was unable to strip a fresh round into the chamber when the shot was fired, and we are back to the “clicking” on an empty chamber again. All very easily explained without the supernatural, thank you very much. Firearms are just refined mechanical objects, and don’t work as designed when manipulated improperly, it’s as simple as that.

  • Baby_Raptor