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In the aftermath of yesterday’s racist terror attack at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a couple of morons decided to speak when they’d be better served, as would we all, had they kept their yaps closed.
First up was South Carolina Senator, and future failed presidential candidate, Lindsey Graham appearing on The View to offer his opinion: the attacks were the start of that so-called War On Christianity; something we all know now is a lie.
The attacks were a racist attack, but Lindsey Graham used this tragedy to, rather than demand calm, and demand the capture of that murderer, to pander to his base of Teabagger, gun-toting wingnuts and say that this proved there is a war on religion. He was wrong; well, actually, he lied.
And don’t get me started on how Lindsey Graham, after he learned of the shootings, rather than return to his home state, rather than come back and try to soothe the people in his state whom he represents, kept his appointment to appear on a talk show and campaign for the presidency.
But worse than Miss Lindsey is National Rifle Association [NRA] , who didn’t blame this attack on a made up political ploy, but laid the blame for these murders on … one of the victims.
“[Pinckney] voted against concealed-carry. Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead. Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.”
Yes, Charles Cotton believes that if the members of that church had been allowed to carry weapons into their Bible study group, then Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, the Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, the Reverend Daniel Simmons, Sr., the Reverend Sharonda Singleton and Myra Thompson would not be dead because having 10 to 12 people shooting at one another inside that church would have just killed the murderer and all the victims would have been saved.
Pinckney, who, in addition to being head pastor at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was also a Sate Senator who was against a proposed 2011 bill in South Carolina that would have allowed gun owners to bring their weapons into churches, daycare centers and restaurants.
The bill failed, thankfully, but Charles Cotton thinks it because Pinckney was against that bill that he is to blame for the murders of eight other people and his own death.
That is the NRA in America. Blame the victim; say anything to make sure we all forget that this lunatic, this racist terrorist, had access to guns and the ability to use them to kill nine innocent people because of his own blatant ignorance.
That is the NRA in America, and it’s past time that we stopped them from controlling our Congress, and took control back and demanded an end to senseless gun violence in this country.
But … we won’t because the Kardashians are on TV, or another news story will take the front page, or, well, it’s Summer and we’re on vacation, and so we’ll do nothing until it happens again … and then we’ll still do nothing.
And that, I guess, means we’re to blame for this ...