On Friday, The View took on Thursday’s shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, with the co-hosts, minus moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-host Paula Faris, and guest co-host Sherri Shepherd voicing many of the varied reactions people had to the incident.
Candace Cameron Bure, back on The View this week after being off for a few weeks while she films her Netflix series Fuller House, had the most emotional reaction, appearing to fight back tears as she talked about the tragic event, in which a gunman killed nine people and injured another seven.
“I have a hard time talking about this, and I don’t want to break down but it’s so hard to think about these people that have died and it breaks my heart,” Bure said as she seemed like she was about to cry.
She added that she has “an opinion on gun control,” that she declined to share, but she stressed that when things like Thursday’s tragedy happen, she takes comfort in her faith, particularly when trying to help her scared kids.
“When I talk to my children about this and they go, ‘Mommy, what if I don’t feel safe going to school?’ And that all comes back to my faith. … At the end of the day, if I talk to my kids, I want them to know how much I love them, but I want them to know how much Jesus loves them and we put our faith in Jesus Christ.”
After Joy Behar, filling in for Goldberg as moderator on Fridays, wondered aloud how faith helps in this situation, Shepherd chimed in, “It keeps her from being in fear.”
Bure added, “Yeah, you’re in fear. When your children are like, ‘I don’t feel safe going to school anymore.’ Life is like a vapor. It’s so fast. We don’t know if we have tomorrow. We’re thankful if we’re breathing today. So for my children I want them to know: Do you have peace for where you’re going to go when you die?”
Shepherd also had a strong reaction to the father of one of those injured saying that the gunman was targeting Christians.
“This is the second time people have singled out Christians for just worshipping God and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ,” Shepherd said. “As a Christian speaking, it’s hard not to feel like you’re being persecuted for your religious beliefs and people are willing to kill you just for what you believe in. Because they weren’t even doing anything Christian, he went out looking.”
Meanwhile, Raven-Symone called for people to pay attention and intervene if someone’s consistently exhibiting odd behavior as she claimed the Oregon gunman was said to be demonstrating.
“This boy was a recluse. No one was paying attention,” she said. “They [tossed] him off as shy. He always had headphones in his head. He always wore the same kinds of clothes. He was always with his mother. He moved on and no one really said anything. No one spoke out because we’re in our own personal bubble all the time.”
Shepherd added later, before the panelists moved on to other topics, “We’ve got to really step out of our self zone and exhibit some love because we’re missing a lot of love.”
The View declined to name the gunman, with co-host Michelle Collins saying that she thinks “a big part” of why shootings have become so frequent is that people in the media “glorify these shooters. We talk about it.”
She and Behar added that the show wouldn’t be saying his name, to applause from the audience.
“We’ve got to stop glorifying these people and also get guns out of the hands of people who are mentally ill,” Collins said.
Later she added, “If he didn’t have a gun this wouldn’t have happened.”
To which Raven-Symone insisted he could have stabbed someone or built a bomb, with Bure arguing that people can often get a gun even if they don’t own one.