When the story came out, the news media promptly informed us this was a “hate crime.”
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Nine people have died in a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., police said early Thursday morning.
“I do believe this was a hate crime,” Police Chief Gregory Mullen said. (continued here)
Hate crime? Someone shoots another person, and we have to call that a hate crime? Isn’t that redundant?
Not to be outdone by the silliness of calling murder a hate crime, our president promptly added his own silliness.
“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear, 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,” Obama said at the White House before jetting off to a pair of DNC fundraisers in California. “I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. And at some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it.” (from here)
According to one paper,…
Obama is estimated to have made 14 such statements in response to mass shootings during his six years as president but failed in his attempt to pass gun control legislation through Congress after Newtown and has also been criticised by some for failing to make a strong enough response to a spate of recent black police shootings. (from here)
Of course, if you check Obama’s little speech, you will find out he is quite put out about making such pronouncements. Healer-in-chief he is not.
So why do Americans want to keep their guns? Well, in other advanced countries, civil servants and military personnel (people with guns who work for the government) have gathered up MILLIONS of ordinary, UNARMED citizens and herded them off to concentration camps and gulags. Did these UNARMED citizens die because someone shot them? Some did. Most died as slave laborers, from overwork and starvation. Some, when their captors were impatient, even died in gas chambers.
The fact is that Obama cannot stop lone wolf killers, but ordinary citizens, usually with guns, have stopped cold-blooded killers in the act of murder. Contrary to the president’s reckless assertion, gun control has had little success in stopping mass murderers, even in other advanced countries.
As odd as it may seem, guns are the best defense against gun violence. That’s especially true when leaders grasp too anxiously for power.
So what should we do? When people die in tragedies like the one in that church Charleston, S.C., we need to remember the time that immediately follows tragedy is not good time to discuss public policy. For some, it might be a good time to go fishing. For others, it is a time to grieve and to forgive.
Updated 5:25 p.m.: Victims’ families forgive suspect in court
They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God’s mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and “you’ll be OK.”
Relatives of the nine people shot down during a Bible study session inside their historic black church confronted the 21-year-old suspect Friday during his initial hearing. They described their pain and anger, but also spoke of love.
“I forgive you, my family forgives you,” said Anthony Thompson, whose relative Myra Thompson was killed. “We would like you to take this opportunity to repent. … Do that and you’ll be better off than you are right now.” (from here)
It is also a time to put our own lives in perspective.
2 Corinthians 5:1 Good News Translation (GNT)
5 For we know that when this tent we live in—our body here on earth—is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made, which will last forever.