From the New York Times:
The mass murder of nine people who gathered Wednesday night for Bible study at a landmark black church has shaken a city whose history from slavery to the Civil War to the present is inseparable from the nation’s anguished struggle with race.This is absolutely horrific.
Fourteen hours after the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in which the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, the church pastor and a prominent state senator, was among the dead, the police in Shelby, N.C., acting on a tip from a motorist, on Thursday arrested Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white man with an unsettled personal life and a recent history of anti-black views.
The killings, with victims ranging in age from 26 to 87, left people stunned and grieving. Witnesses said Mr. Roof sat with church members for an hour and then started venting against African-Americans and opened fire on the group.
I won't mention the mass murderer's name. He wanted attention and he's getting it. The easiest way to get famous is to kill people. That just encourages others to commit evil acts. We have to stop that cycle.
Then, we have Obama. He says we have to talk about guns.
A gun is an inanimate object. It can't do anything. The gun isn't the problem. The killer is.
Because of what this evil person did in Charleston, we have to revisit the Civil War and act as if such shootings are commonplace in our alleged deeply racist country.
Politicizing the deaths of the victims is wrong. Using their tragic demise to advance a political agenda and score political points is sick.
The fact is no decent person in the country supports what the killer did in that church. Decent people are grieving.
Decent people don't think and act like the killer. He's an aberration, not the norm.
Decent people are praying for those suffering in Charleston, not playing politics.