Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) returned to one of his favorite themes at a televangelist’s conference earlier this month — the power of public school prayer to eradicate school shootings.
In video surfaced by Right Wing Watch on Monday, Huckabee said that in his day, people prayed in public schools left and right, the ex-governor told an audience at TV preacher Morris Cerullo’s annual gathering.
“The Gideons would give us Bibles,” he said, “and nobody got arrested, nobody got sued — and by the way, nobody got hurt, either.”
“Because we were bringing Bibles to school, people weren’t bringing guns to school,” he said. “Except for the deer hunters who left ’em in their trucks.”
The comments echoed Huckabee’s now infamous line after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, in which he blamed the shooting in Newtown on government restricting prayer in schools.
“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News at the time. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”
Watch the clip: