“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.”
We have a culture of guns and violence. We have a portion of this nation whipped up in a frenzy. Dylann Roof, the accused murderer, was part of that group.
“I think he wanted something big like Trayvon Martin,” his roommate Joey Meek told ABC News, referring to the black Florida teen whose shooting death at the hands of George Zimmerman — who was acquitted of murder — provoked huge protests. “He wanted to make something spark up the race war again.”
I am also disgusted by the reaction of some on the right. There are so many deniers.
Here’s a headline from a site called Ammoland.com:
Obama Can’t Let Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church Murders Go To Waste
Seriously, what kind of sick world are these people living in?
NRA Board Member Charles Cotton tried to pin this tragedy on the victims. The New York Daily News showed him no mercy.
One of the NRA’s top numbskulls responded to the Charleston church massacre by shooting off his mouth — and blaming the victims.
Displaying all the sensitivity of an anvil, Charles Cotton said the slaughter was the fault of Clementa Pinckney, the murdered pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church who also was a South Carolina state senator.
“Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead,” Cotton declared. “Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.”
Our country still vilifies minorities. Donald Trump had this to say earlier this week.
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
Trump probably doesn’t think he’s a racist. He is. This is how he and others speak and feel.
We need to tone down the rhetoric. We need to be more understanding. We need to find a way to cut back the availability of firearms.
As has been said a few times this week, one guy on a plane with a shoebomb and we’re all stripping down before getting on an airplane. An epidemic of gun violence and we do nothing.
I’m disgusted bbecause this whoole state of affairs is disgusting.