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article imageOp-Ed: South Carolina counters evil with solidarity, forgiveness

By Russ Teed     Jun 22, 2015 in Politics
Charleston - President Obama and Hillary Clinton wasted no time politicizing the tragic slaying of nine South Carolina churchgoers. The Democrat duo took gun control off the back burner and brought it to the forefront just hours after the mass murders.
Dylann Roof of Columbia, South Carolina, was the maddened gunman that shot and killed nine victims at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Details of how he obtained the gun are unclear, but it is probable that he obtained the weapon illegally.
He has two pending court cases that stem from arrests in March of 2015 for narcotics possession and again in April for trespassing. Violent crimes and drug charges would flag his name on the background check and he would be unable to purchase a firearm. It would also be illegal for anyone to give him a gun.
"Never let a serious crisis go to waste" is the consensus of the Obama Administrations' former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. America's 44th President, 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton, and many left-leaning pundits deployed this tactic to promote their ideological agenda.
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The President said in an address to the nation, "I've had to make statements like this too many times... 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."
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Hillary chimed in with this, "How many innocent people in our country, from little children to church members to movie theatre attendees. How many people do we need to see cut down before we act?"
Neither politician has offered a solution or suggested a law that would prevent such a tragedy. The victims had not been laid to rest, but the esoteric Washington playbook was followed verbatim. Until all the evidentiary facts are known and how he came into possession of the weapon is known, the political rhetoric should stand by.
The number of deaths caused by drunk drivers each year is approximately 10,000. There is no dialogue of changing any laws or banning motor vehicles. Just as a felonious gunman, it is the person to blame and not the machine.
Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial outside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston  South Carolina...
Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial outside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 18, 2015, after a mass shooting at the church the night before
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Many folks expected Al Sharpton to appear and the professional rioters would burn the town to the ground. However, one gleaming light pierced through the dark cloud hovering over Charleston. That is the love and camaraderie of their fellow citizenry.
White folks and black folks stood arm-in-arm, they hugged one another, and some of the victim's family members have already forgiven the 21-year-old killer. The strength of these people is imponderable just days after the onslaught. Sunday night as much as 20,000 citizens marched over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to show unity and honor for the victims.
Their beloved church opened its doors Sunday for the first time since the shootings. The message is peace, love, and forgiveness. Blacks and whites jelled as one big family and the healing will be a team effort. This is America, this is the power of love and faith, this is what Dr. Martin Luther King preached, and this is a teachable moment for every American.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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