The following article is quoted from this link. I couldn't say it better myself.
So here we are on the third day after this horrific shooting and both
sides of the political spectrum are firmly entrenched in their
On the Left there are calls for more gun control and a serious
discussion about racism in this country, and on the Right there are
calls for arming pastors, and an aggressive attempt to deflect any blame
for the violence from one who is clearly on their side of the
Here are some responses from those Republicans who claim to want to lead this country.
“Laws can’t change this.”
“This type of conduct is something that only our display of our own
love and good faith that’s in our heart can change,” he said.
That of course it completely untrue. As can be proven by looking at the example set by Australia.
Jeb Bush (Same article):
“But I do know what was in the heart of the victims,” Bush said.
“They were meeting in brotherhood and sisterhood in that church. … They
were praying. They were learning and studying the word of the Lord, to
find grace in his kingdom, to fill his house with love.”
Actually we DO know what was in the shooter's heart. Hatred for black people:
"You all rape women and you're taking over our country."
Not only that but like all sociopaths it appears he has written a manifesto, which comes complete with pictures, angry rants, and tons of racism:
Couldn't be much clearer than that.
Here is what Mike Huckabee, a Christian pastor himself, had to say:
“All the proposals this president and others have put forward on gun
control would not have stopped this shooting anymore than it would have
stopped Sandy Hook,” Huckabee said. “The one thing that would have at
least ameliorated the horrible situation in Charleston would have been
that if somebody in that prayer meeting had a conceal carry or there had
been either an off duty policeman or an on duty policemen, somebody
with the legal authority to carry a firearm and could have stopped the
In other words we can do nothing to keep ourselves safe except prepare ourselves to return gunfire if fired upon.
Which unsurprisingly is essentially the opinion of Charles Cotton, a board member for the NRA:
Cotton, who did not return a message left at his Houston-area law
firm, pointed out on a Texas gun forum that Pinckney was a state senator
who had voted against a law allowing gun owners to carry concealed
weapons without permits.
“Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly
allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead,” Cotton wrote.
“Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.”
So apparently these people deserved to die because they were not
prepared to take a life in a place where they felt safe and were
learning about love and compassion. Good to know.
No in the Right Wing bubble all gun violence is the result of mental
illness, ill prepared victims, or radical Islamist terrorists from who
the President is failing to protecting us.
However about that mental illness thing:
We do have statistics showing that the vast majority of people who
commit acts of violence do not have a diagnosis of mental illness and,
conversely, people who have mental illness are far more likely to be the
victims of violence than the perpetrators.
(As somebody who works with the mentally ill, I can concur that most of
what we do is to protect them from others, not protect others from
Personally I think that this recent Rolling Stone article really hit the nail on the head:
The fact is, this is political because American movement conservatism
has already made these kinds of killings political. The Republican
Party has weaponized its supporters, made violence a virtue and, with
almost every pronouncement for 50 years, given them an enemy
politicized, racialized and indivisible. We can't afford to allow
political discussions of these events, because if we do, we might notice
what's already there, wracking the body politic like gangrene.
Movement conservatives have fetishized a tendentious and ahistorical
reading of the Second Amendment to the point that the Constitution
itself somehow paradoxically "legitimizes" an armed insurrection against
the government created by it. Those leading said insurrection are
swaddled by the blanket exculpation of patriotism. At the same time,
they have synonymized the Democratic Party with illegitimacy and abuse
of the American order. This is no longer an argument about whether one
party's beliefs are beneficial or harmful, but an attitude that labels
leftism so antithetical to the American idea that empowering it on any
level is an act of usurpation. Leftism no longer constitutes a debatable
misuse of American power, but theft and governmental overreach.
In other words as the Right Wing sees their power diminishing as a more
diverse population begins to outnumber their base, they start to talk
about "protecting our rights," "2nd Amendment solutions," and "retaking
our country," and ALL of that is the kind of rhetoric that leads to
people being shot to death in their own house of worship.
What could have been done to protect these nine people in South Carolina?
Well making it much, much harder to get a gun would be a nice start, but
also making people like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and
Sarah Palin shut the fuck up would certainly make a vast difference as
Which of course is why Bill O'Reilly became so defensive when a guest made a similar point:
“You’re equating what Dylann Roof did in that church to our
commentary?” he asked. “Are you saying that Fox News justifies brutal
crimes against black Americans?”
Yes, yes I am.