Angler in a Forest Interior; Artist: Thomas Hill (1874)
Angler in a Forest Interior; Artist: Thomas Hill (1874)

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)

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.


  1. Why, Tom, do you consider countries that imprison and exterminate their citizens for political dissent to be “advanced countries”. I think one could better argue that these are barbarous regimes.


    1. A barbarous regime cannot be advanced? Talk about sophistry! That’s funny!

      I actually considered someone might try that stunt. Then I shrugged. Who would be that silly? Now I know. A Liberal Democrat who pretends he is a Conservative.


      1. I suppose it depends on your values. I don’t particularly regard regimes that enslave their populations for opinion crimes to be “advanced”. If you feel otherwise, I guess that’s your prerogative.


    2. Hey, you found a word you didn’t like and could object to! Good for you.

      And here again you can make up your own private definition of the word, and ignore what President Obama said and what the term means elsewhere.

      You can argue, and reasonably, so, that those countries shouldn’t be considered advanced (and maybe you consider the US in this same way) — but instead, you attack Citizen Tom for using the standard phrase in the standard way. A nice distraction, especially if you consider the original meaning of “nice.”

      Anything to say about any other aspect of the post?

      ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle


      1. Not particularly, Keith, but thanks for asking.

        I was just struck by the idea that Tom would regard countries that rounded up masses of people for concentration camps on the basis of political opposition to be “advanced”. It kind of reached out and grabbed me. And I don’t see any way that the United States could be considered in that category. What did you have in mind?


  2. 12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:

    As fish are caught in a cruel net,
    or birds are taken in a snare,
    so people are trapped by evil times
    that fall unexpectedly upon them.

    17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
    than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
    18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war,
    but one sinner destroys much good.

    Ecclesiastes 9

    The politicians, “shouts of a ruler of fools”
    The shooter,in Charleston, “All it takes is one sinner to destroy much good.”

    The victims “people are trapped by evil times.

    These are indeed sad and evil times n the USA..,

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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  3. unfortunate situation there in SC. all of our ‘leaders’ as you call them, ‘rulers’ as I call them are making as much political hay as they can from all different perspectives. making political points from the deaths of innocent people, furthering political agendas off the backs of families suffering the loss of their loved ones is the in my opinion the worst kind of ‘hate crime’.
    thoughts and prayers for the families this am. -mike

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    1. To avoid being part of the rush to judgement, we should try let at least a couple of days pass before we comment on such things. The news media and the political class, unfortunately, feel no such obligation.

      We elect our leaders. We support the corporate news media with our dollars. Yet both these groups seem determine to aggravate and put us into contention over petty, often meaningless differences. And their solutions for problems they aggravate? All they ever do is demand more money and more power. To fall for this nonsense, how stupid must we be?


      1. A couple of days have passed.

        Because Dylann Roof was decidedly leftist in his thinking, he is being blamed upon conservatives. Leftists, following Marx and explicitly advocated by Marxist “critical theory,” view everything in terms of race. They are so far lost in this mindset that they strongly believe, against all evidence, that Constitutional conservatives are racist by nature. Roof, echoing Marx, advocated viewing everything though the “lense” [sic] of race. But this will never do, so he is a “conservative” in countless articles.

        Conservatives are as a group highly patriotic, revering the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the American flag. Roof hated America, and featured himself in photos burning the American flag, just as leftists today are making the hashtag “#burnthemboth” popular as they advocate burning both the US and Confederate flag as equally “evil” in their view. Since the Left quite visibly joins Roof in his America-hatred, this must be sidestepped: Roof is thus a “conservative” when he wrote:

        I hate the sight of the American flag. Modern American patriotism is an absolute joke.

        Constitutional conservatives have a strong respect for those who serve in the military. Roof disdained such respect, wondering what “lifestyle” these volunteer warriors were really protecting:

        Many veterans believe we owe them something for “protecting our way of life” or “protecting our freedom”. But im not sure what way of life they are talking about.

        And Roof joins with all of leftist academia in blaming white superiority on the history lessons taught in school:

        Modern history classes instill a subconscious White superiority complex in Whites and an inferiority complex in blacks. This White superiority complex that comes from learning of how we dominated other peoples is also part of the problem I have just mentioned.

        The American right are in actuality deeply supportive of Israel. But the American left is the home of Israel hatred, the founders of the Israel boycott movement (even supported by leftist Jews) and the supporters of jihadists around the world — in part because of their shared disgust with America. And Roof; is he a big Israel supporter? No, he’s there with the Left in his Jew-hatred:

        I think that if we could somehow destroy the jewish identity, then they wouldnt cause much of a problem.

        He is annoyed that “most jews look White.”

        As an aside, the Left needs to use Roof to push a gun rights attack. So the initial (and shortly proven false) rumor that he had been given a gun by his father is still what is being touted days later, rather than admitting that Roof purchased the gun going through the full background check process, as was noted by local authorities. Since they want “universal background checks” and universal gun registration, so that guns can be collected at some future point, they must insist that this gun bypassed background checks.

        Roof is one instance of many white male right-wing mass killers, according to the Left. The fact that these cretins are almost always leftists (as evidenced by their writings), and often of a minority (Navy Yard shooter, Beltway snipers, Ft. Hood, Virginia Tech, 9/11, Boston bomber, WTC attack of 1993, et cetera), doesn’t matter.

        This person committed a horrific atrocity, and the Left uses this as a cudgel against all of America and its culture. And what makes Roof so newsworthy is added to by the fact that what he did is so rare. But no action of any number of thousands of any other group, from blacks to Hispanics to jihadists to anarchists to whatever, must ever be used to “tarnish the image” of their respective groups. Salon evidences this dichotomy perfectly, as noted by American Thinker:

        ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle


        1. A couple of days have passed.

          I would like to say it is amazing how little patience some people have, but I know better. I know my own impatience. I wait only because I have grown tired of the taste of my foot.

          I have not had the time to read to read Dylann Roof’s writings. Understandably, there is a certain fascination with such characters, but I don’t seem to be subject to it. However, I suppose now that the corporate news media has grown so bold in its selective reporting we no longer have a choice. We have to know and report the misrepresentations.



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