NRA board member Charles Cotton had the audacity to blame Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a victim of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, for his own death as well as the deaths of the other 8 victims of racist right-wing terrorist Dylann Roof.
His reason? As a state senator, Pinckney supported tougher gun regulations and opposed a bill that would have allowed people to carry concealed guns in churches. On TexasCHLForum.com, a message board, Cotton wrote that “Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead. Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.”
Not only is Cotton’s statement incredibly insensitive, it’s incredibly ridiculous. These people were in church. Their sanctuary for reflection, prayer and peace. They were supposed to be carrying loaded weapons?
The NRA is a primarily white, male, Republican organization that helps drive the political propaganda this country is in a constant struggle with. Many would contend that those struggles, coupled with the hate rhetoric supported by the NRA, helped turn Dylann Roof into the psychopath he is today.
The NRA’s position is always the same. After Newtown, parents of all walks of life could be heard gasping in disbelief as The Ammosexual in Chief called for armed guards in every school and as many guns as possible in every classroom. The answer to the shooting in Aurora was lighter restrictions on open carry; all of our movie theaters should have as many armed imbeciles as possible.
Of course when the retired policeman killed someone for texting during the credits in one of those theaters, the NRA was silent. It doesn’t make much sense, since their rhetoric would have easily transformed to how the man would still be alive if his cellphone were a firearm.
The NRA doesn’t care about you, your rights, or your life. The NRA cares about keeping the gun manufacturers that pay them to lobby Congress happy.
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