Friday, June 19, 2015

The Only Way to Stop a White Man with a Gun Is a Black Man with a Gun

Another gun is not a solution, except for the NRA, which wants everyone to buy one!

(Update. Charles L. Cotton has since deleted his post blaming the shooting on the Rev. Pinckney.)

Of course I'm not serious, but the NRA is. Witness National Rifle Association board member Charles L. Cotton's reaction to the Charleston church shooting, who blamed the Reverand Clementa Pinckney -- who's also a state senator -- for opposing concealed carry in South Carolina.

Pinckney and members of his flock deserved to die because Pinckney was "soft on guns."

Then again, Fox's Erick Erickson blames the Charleston shootings on Caitlyn Jenner. Of course.

Fox News is a burgeoning force in both claiming that this is a war on Christians, not on blacks, and that guns, again, are the answer to everything. Watch this clip, courtesy of Media Matters, to see some real whack-a-mole nonsense:

What's troubling -- if not surprising -- is that conservative Republicans like Jeb Bush can't bring themselves to call the killings what they were: a vicious act of white hatred for black people. Here's a piece on Jeb Bush, and here's a piece on why conservatives in general want to stay away from the white-black nature of the crimes.

There's a pattern here of avoiding reality, wanting to preserve guns in our society, pretending racism doesn't exist (or its most nasty white-supremacist variety), and pretending it's motivated by hatred of religion (ain't buying that nonsense). If we hadn't just witnessed a tragedy we'll long remember as a symbol of white racism toward blacks at its most evil depths, this crap would be hilarious. But it's not, it's in fact repulsive.

Dylann Roof said, "I have to do it. You’re raping our women
and taking over the country. You have to go.”

What will come of all this, in the short and the long run? Probably next to nothing, if Sandy Hook is any example. But, boy, will the kettle be stirred but good.

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