By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the murders of nine innocents at a historically black church in Charleston, SC last night. You have also heard that the “alleged” killer, who would very much want me to mention his name, has been captured, has waived extradition, and is, as this is being written, being flown back to Charleston. I’m sure you also know that the killer is white, and may have made some statement or statements that could seem to be racist.
It comes as no surprise, I am sure, that President Obama, despite knowing no more about this incident than we do, has once again seized upon a tragedy for racial demagoguery. The DOJ is already investigating the murders as a hate crime. Prosecuting someone facing nine counts of premeditated murder on a much lesser federal charge falls into the realm of racial incitement and political pandering rather than the administration of justice, but we have, tragically, come to expect nothing more of the DOJ under President Obama.
Getting perfunctory sentiments quickly behind him, Mr. Obama focused on his never-ending theme: the disarmament of the law-abiding and the collection of ever-greater governmental power:
We don’t have all the facts,
That has, of course, never stopped Mr. Obama from making inflammatory and false statements and making race relations worse.
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 hand on a gun.
From what is currently known, the killer had no criminal record or any mental health adjudication that would have prevented him from buying a firearm. What Mr. Obama wants, of course, is to disarm everyone. For true believers like him, anyone being able to get “their hand on a gun,” is wrong.
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.
This is not only a clumsy and blatant lie, it’s one ridiculously easily refuted. This timeline from Infoplease, listing worldwide mass shootings from 1996 to the present, is not exhaustive, but it is illustrative (It lists only school shootings; there are obviously many more of other kinds). Scotland, Yemen, Canada, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Argentina, Finland, Paris, Kenya, and of course, the massacre of hundreds at Breslan, and the killing of some 80 students in Norway are only a few of the mass shootings from around the world. In a recent edition of The Firewall, the indispensable Bill Whittle revealed that America was number one in the world in per capita gun ownership. What might surprise some is that America ranks around 4.7 murders per 100,000–number 111 in the world–in murders per capita. If you have not seen Whittle’s video, by all means, take the link. Mr. Obama continued:
And it is in our power to do something about it. I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it’d be wrong for us not to acknowledge it, and at some point, it’s going to important for the American to come to grips with it and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.
We have done something about it Mr. Obama: it’s called the Second Amendment. We’ve opted for freedom and the ability to deter and overthrow tyranny rather than accepting the hollow promises of tyrants. Mr. Obama could not resist making a false and obscene comparison with a horrific mass murder of the civil rights era:
That certainly was Dr. King’s hope just over 50 years ago after four little girls were killed in a bombing at a black church in Birmingham, Alabama.
He said, ‘They lived meaningful lives, and they died nobly. They say to each of us,’ Dr. King said, ‘black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely with who murdered them but about the system, the way of life, philosophy which produced the murders. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American Dream.
Those four little girls were murdered by organized racists, subhuman vermin that sought, with the support of the Democrat party, to deny millions of fellow Americans inalienable rights. We do not yet know with any degree of certainty that the Charleston killer was actually motivated by racism. If he did make racially-tainted comments, were they sincerely held beliefs or fueled by his apparent drug use? We just don’t know. It is early, but those that knew him–that have thus far commented–seem not to have thought him a racist. And if evidence of racism is eventually developed, what does that mean? That deranged, evil people who might harbor racial animus exist? This is news? Particularly with a long, hot summer of racial unrest looming, President Obama is enormously irresponsible–that too is no surprise–to pour more fuel on a strengthening blaze.
The most important goals of the civil rights movement have long ago been won, and people of good will rejoice in that victory. Genuine racists are few, and are justly social pariahs, yet our president, and the racial grievance industry, behave as though it is still 1955 and the Democrat party is leading the fight against segregation.
The good folks at The Truth About Guns have published my most recent article on the Charleston murders, titled Charleston And The Denial Of Evil, which explores the relationship between the acknowledgement of evil and the bizarre denial of reality necessary to combat it.
If you have a few minutes, it may be worth your time. As always, your comments, there and here, are invited and very welcome.