The mother of the man accused of shooting up a Tennessee Waffle House early Sunday morning that resulted in four deaths and a nationwide manhunt, once posted a meme on Facebook that claimed mass shootings were the end result of removing the Ten Commandments and Bible readings from the classrooms.
Travis Jeffrey Reinking, 29, was captured on Monday after a 36-hour search by over 160 law enforcement officials. More details are now being released about his background — including his affiliation with right-wing extremist groups.
Additionally it was revealed that the accused shooter’s father, Jeffrey Reinking, gave his son his weapons back after they were confiscated when the young man menaced the White House, leading him to being taken into custody in the Secret Service in July 2017.
According to the Friendly Atheist, Reinking’s mother inserted herself into the gun debate on Facebook in 2015 by suggesting that mass shootings like the one her son allegedly committed can be blamed on removing God from the classroom.
In a Facebook post uncovered by Heavy, Judy Reinking shared a post from Christian Warriors stating: “I don’t remember a single school shooting when I was a kid. What I do remember is our teacher having us begin the day reciting the pledge of allegiance, reading from the Bible and praying. We also had the Ten Commandments on the wall. Maybe getting rid of those things wasn’t such a good idea after all!”
Heavy went on to note that Judy Reinkling’s Facebook page was dominated by Christian-themed posts that preceded the shooting, including one that read: “When you carry a bible, the devil gets a headache. When you open it, he collapses. When he sees you reading it, he faints. When he sees you living it, he flees….”