It takes an evil sick mind to blame innocent murder victims for their own demise. Such a mind clearly belongs to NRA board member Charles Cotton who blamed Pastor Clementa Pinckney for the death of his eight fellow worshipers, as well as his own.
“Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead,” Cotton posted online (his post has since been deleted). “Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.” As a state senator Pinckney had voted against a law allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit.
Given Cotton’s rationale, one can presume he supported the 21-year-old Dylann Roof’s decision to carry a concealed weapon into the church in the first place, without a permit or background check.
I, and many others are a victims of gun violence. I was held up and shot in the head at point blank range and live with the bullet lodged in the brain. I don’t at all mind meaningful and thoughtful discussion about the implementation of responsible gun control measures (the absence of a universal background check is pure insanity). As far as I’m concerned, The NRA – which, at this point, ought to stand for Not Really American – leadership has blood on its hands. It’s support of law enforcement is nothing more than lip service. Keep in mind, this is the same group that opposed the ban on selling Teflon piercing bullets to the public, cop-killer bullets, Their efforts on that and other fronts are always underscored by the simpering, utterly disingenuous mantra, if we give an inch they’ll take our guns away. That’s rubbish and they know it.
If the NRA leadership (I know quite a few decent NRA members) has an iota of conscience, they’ll throw Cotton off the board immediately. I would say to send him packing but given Cotton’s warped being, he’d like take that the wrong way.
This country, my country, a country I love with all my heart and soul, is gun crazy. It’s addicted to violence crazy. Too many of my fellow Americans still believe that the more capable you are of killing your fellow human beings, the stronger you are.
Really? Then here’s a question they might want to think about. If walking towards nonviolence is an act of weakness, then why is it so hard for them to do it?