Friday, June 19, 2015

NRA Board Member Blames Charleston Shooting Deaths On One Of the Victims

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] board member Charles Cotton, who didn’t blame this attack on a made up political ploy, but laid the blame for these murders on … one of the victims.

Yes, Cotton said Clementa Pinckney, a pastor and South Carolina State Senator, who was gunned down in cold blood during the shooting is to blame because, well, let’s hear Cotton in his own asshatted words:
“[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 ...

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Susan said...

Your comments are spot on, Bob. I can't add a thing. The situation is unendingly infuriating.

MJJM said...

A gallery of church homophobes...?

anne marie in philly said...

my boss said something similar yesterday, as did mike "the huckster from arkansas".

I wanted to bash my boss's head against the wall; he is an ignorant mofo.

the dogs' mother said...

So very, very sad.

Raybeard said...

We had that Cotton fella being interviewed on one of our better (i.e. 'liberal') news programmes yesterday. I was utterly gobsmacked by the unbelievable garbage that was coming out of his mouth. ("If everyone in the church been armed this wouldn't have happened!" - and the same for school shootings.) Is there a college that trains and churns out these professional idiots?

Helen Lashbrook said...

These people must have minus IQ ratings that they can't see the lack of logic in what they say, The NRA seem to run America, despite the lack of support from 90%+ of the population......scary!

jadedj said...

Despicable scum sucking assholes is what they are.

Sorry Bob, sometimes, despite being well-educated, sewer talk is the only thing that works to describe some people.

Frank said...

Hate to say it, but if nothing has been done after all the mass shootings so far, I doubt things will change after this one. NRA has too much money influencing our Senators and Representatives in Washington - Congresspersons who do not do what is best for the country - but do what helps their reelection campaigns.

And the ordinary folk - you are right. Entertainment tonight, the game, a few more beers, and stuffing their faces with junk food: Life is good. Apathy even better.