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News on The 700 Club: October 2, 2017

As seen on “The 700 Club,” Oct. 2: Death toll soars in Las Vegas shooting; The U.S. Supreme Court always begins new term today; ISIS-style terrorists attack in 2 countries, shouting 'allahu akbar'. Read Transcript


Welcome to "The 700 Club."

Shock and horror out of Las Vegas.

It's the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

A gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas

Casino last night.

He unleashed a shower of bullets on a country music concert.

And guess, oh, he killed more than 50 people,

and more than 400 were injured.

It's the worst tragedy in American history.

Well, people ran for their lives,

as you can imagine, trying to escape the hail of gunfire.

Now the shooter is dead, as police are investigating

this horrifying attack.

Jenna Browder brings us the story.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[MACHINE GUN FIRING]

JENNA BROWDER: What started as a country music concert

turned into a bloody massacre overnight.

[MACHINE GUN FIRING]

Get down, get down.

The shooting happened near the Mandalay Bay Casino.

Witnesses reported hearing hundreds of shots.

And my buddy's like, I just got hit,

you know, I got hit three times.

And people started diving for the ground

and it just continued.

And it was pretty much chaotic.

We refused to believe it was a shooting until it just

kept going and going, and then Jason Aldean left of the stage.

And then everybody started fleeing.

JENNA BROWDER: SWAT teams were sent to the resort,

clearing out the 29th floor and working their way up.

Through investigation and response,

we determined there was a shooter on the 32nd floor

of the Mandalay Bay.

Officers responded to that location

and engaged the suspect at that location.

He is dead.

JENNA BROWDER: Police have identified the gunman

as Stephen Paddock.

Marilou Danley, his companion, is also now

in custody as a person of interest.

[POLICE SIRENS]

Off-duty police officers are among the dead.

Two more officers were also hurt.

[POLICE SIRENS]

President Trump addressed the shooting on Twitter.

"My warmest condolences and sympathies

to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas

shooting.

God bless you."

Jason Aldean posted on Instagram asking for people

to pray for the victims.

With the gunman now dead, police are

trying to determine what his motive was

for killing so many people.

Jenna Browder, CBN News.

Thanks, Jenna.

I had in my devotions today, I was reading in Samuel.

It said, "Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,

for I see violence and strife in the city.

Day and night they prowl about on its walls.

Malice and abuse are within it, destructive forces

are at work in the city.

Threats and lies never leave its streets."

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm trying to make sense of this,

I'm sure you are.

And maybe we can come to some conclusion

that our CBN News correspondent Gary Lane is here.

And Gary, you have been on top of this story.

Tell us what you've learned.

Well, we've learned that this gunman is 64 years old,

he's now deceased.

He killed himself as police and SWAT teams stormed his hotel

room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Apparently they found the location, because not only

was he shooting from there, and they said, OK,

where is it coming from, but the smoke alarms went off

because of all the gunfire.

And so they were able to locate him,

he killed himself before that.

We know that about him.

We also know that he's 64, he was

living in a retirement community about 15 miles outside

of Las Vegas.

The motive, don't know the motive yet.

Now there's one report that he was

in the middle of a messy divorce from his wife,

but his girlfriend was also with him at the hotel.

I don't believe she was in the room at the time.

Well, has she got anything to do with it?

Do we know?

Or she was just with him?

Well, there are reports that she

has been questioned by police and freed,

free to go at this point.

Gary, he killed 50 people and wounded, what, 200, 400?

At least 200.

Some reports are saying now it's up to 400.

400.

What kind of weapon did he have to do that?

Well, he had two platforms, the police

found two platforms in the hotel room, and eight firearms.

One must have been an AK-47 or some type

of variant to fire off that many rounds.

And he also had a lot of ammunition there.

PAT ROBERTSON: But we don't know what led him to do that.

It's so horrible.

GARY LANE: Well, could it have been his divorce,

could have been something else.

We do know that he was not a military veteran.

He was known by Las Vegas police.

He had filed a lawsuit in 2012 against one of the hotel

casinos for negligence.

I think that was dismissed without prejudice.

But that's all we know about him at this point.

I'm sure the police and authorities now

are at his home, they obtained a warrant

searching through his computer, searching

through his cell phone.

Any records that may show where he purchased

the automatic weapon, how he got a hold of that,

the other firearms and what his motive may have been.

But this whole thing, this was not Allahu Akbar

or any of this Muslim stuff.

This wasn't ISIS or any of these groups.

Wouldn't you think initially I think the thoughts were maybe

this was ISIS, because they had threatened to hit Las Vegas.

They just had a lone gunman up in Edmonton, Canada

with an ISIS flag in one of his vehicles.

So everyone thought, well, this might be ISIS

again hitting Las Vegas.

But it was not.

It was likely a lone gunman, 64-year-old man,

who knows what his motive was.

Violence in the streets, ladies and gentlemen.

Why is it happening?

You know, what I'd like to give you is the fact that we have

disrespect for authority, there is

profound disrespect of our president,

all across this nation.

They say terrible things about him, it's in the news,

it's in other places.

There's disrespect now for our national anthem,

disrespect for our veterans, disrespect

for the institutions of our government,

disrespect for the court system, all the way up and down

the line, disrespect.

And when you lose that kind of respect

you lose this civil authority.

But more than anything until there is Biblical authority,

there has to be some controlling authority in our society.

And there is none.

And when there is no vision of God,

the people say, there's no vision of God,

the people run amok.

When there is no vision of God, the people run amok.

And we have taken from the American people

the vision of God, the whole idea of reward and punishment,

and the ultimate judge of all our actions,

we've taken that away.

And when there is no vision of God, the people run amok.

That's my take on this.

Gary, thank you so much.

Thank you.

God bless you.

Well in other news, the Supreme Court

will begin its new term on Monday.

They'll be taking up a very important case

involving religious freedom.

Wendy Griffith has that.

Thanks Pat.

The high court is scheduled to tackle several high profile

cases dealing with controversial issues this term.

One of the most closely watched involves a Colorado baker's

religious objections to making a case for a recently married

same sex couple.

Jack Phillips is the Christian owner of the Colorado bakery.

He says he shouldn't be forced to put

a message on the cake that conflicts

with his religious beliefs.

The case involves a Colorado law that forbids discrimination

on the basis of sexual orientation.

The Trump administration is backing the Christian baker.

Well, baseball wrapped up its regular season Sunday,

and the Los Angeles Dodgers won more games than any other team

in either major league.

An amazing 104 victories.

And some members of the team have another goal,

to tell their fans how Jesus has affected their lives.

Sports reporter Tom Buehring brings us that story.

TOM BUEHRING: Amid the Los Angeles Dodgers' heightened

playoff surge, Dodger Stadium transforms

into a makeshift sanctuary, banding together

players and fans for Christian faith day.

You know, every year it's a special day,

because it kind of collides with baseball and Christianity.

Christian faith day.

Is that significant for any reason?

Yeah, I mean we definitely make a point once a year

to have a day like this so we can all

come out and share to those that want to stick around and listen

to our message.

TOM BUEHRING: Three-time Cy Young award winner Clayton

Kershaw and five time all-star Adrian Gonzalez

serve as co-hosts of the post-game gathering.

It's part of, I think what Jesus

would want us to do for us.

It's incredible to just be able to share the gospel

and talk about what God has done in our lives.

If someone hasn't heard of Jesus, or if someone hasn't

talked to anybody about it, that we

might open the doors about what Jesus is about in our lives,

that might affect some people have God work in our lives.

I know that God gave them this platform for a reason.

And they're using it for good.

My children will know that they can accomplish

all things through Christ.

You know, put it all out there for him,

have that relationship, and stay in prayer.

Stay in the Bible and when you have that focus on Jesus,

everything else takes care of itself.

TOM BUEHRING: Players encourage fans to their message.

And Crowder, a baseball faith day regular,

inspires them with his music.

Singing songs that I believe are truth,

and I think if we encounter truth,

something turns in your chest.

And we are getting the opportunity

to be able to show love.

Organizations like the Dodgers and players

that are given themselves to make a day like this

happen, it's a good thing to be a part of.

To not just connect as a fan, but as part

of the body of Christ, how cool is that for you up there

to connect at that level?

It was exciting for me one, to see how many people were here.

And you got two levels of fans and supporters

and followers of Christ that are out here

to be a part of such a great thing that's going on.

And then look towards Jesus Christ

has always been a great thing.

And this is something to remind people of that.

They will come out publicly before thousands of people

and what they say and how they live their lives, how

they play the game.

And they're not afraid to profess Christ.

They're brave and they're strong enough to do it.

We look up to these guys as players and the testimony

that they follow of God too.

Articulating the gospel publicly,

what does it do for you?

You read the Bible and Jesus talks

about being able to be bold and speak up and just

talk about why he came to earth and died on the cross for us,

as far as our salvation and hope and one person

to be touched and blessed and draw a little closer to Christ,

and it makes it all worth it.

And Tom Buehring also has a one

on one interview with the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw,

and that's coming up later on today's show.

So some good news to look forward to.

Pat?

That is beautiful news.

You see the big crowd for that Jesus day, I love it.

Congratulations to Major League baseball.

Exactly.

We got enough bad stuff coming out of Major League football.

This is encouraging, let's hope they keep it up.

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