Sunday, June 25, 2017

Charleston Shooting

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In a direct confirmation of the “slippery slope” theory, opponents of history are not content with the removal of the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia from the public’s eye. No, removing the Confederate flag from retailers, video games, television, and state capitals isn’t nearly enough historical revisionism for the radical left. In true Orwellian fashion, they are now going after monuments and actual buried remains of Confederate soldiers.

Liberty News Now previously reported on the hysteria over the flag and the movement to raze monuments. Efforts have escalated since then, and last week the Memphis City Council voted not only to take down a monument to Confederate hero Nathan Bedford Forrest, but to actually exhume his remains (and his wife’s) and get them out of the city.

Like so many other censorious movements in recent times, this hysteria is driven by the left god of PC. “It is no longer politically correct to glorify someone who was a slave trader, someone who was a racist on public property,” said City Council member Myron Lowery, who sponsored the resolution.

Forrest had an interesting military career, becoming the only soldier in the Civil War to enlist as a private and be promoted to the rank of general, a rapid rise that took him a mere 12 months. He proved to be a gifted tactician, so much so that his tactics are still taught at West Point today. Union generals Sherman and Grant both opined that Forrest was underutilized by the Confederacy.

After the war, Forrest reportedly joined the fledgling Ku Klux Klan, and this affiliation is what raises PC hackles. Forrest himself, though, denied involvement with the KKK in an 1868 newspaper interview and again in 1871 testimony before congress.

Until recently, Tennessee was proud of Forrest’s success, and in fact state law marks July 13 as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day. There are dozens of statues, monuments, and museums to the man around the state. The fact that Forrest is so embedded in the state’s history makes the resolution problematic to many locals.

“Memphis history should not be distorted, taken down or covered up,” said Lee Millar of the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “It’s very disturbing to want to dig up the graves of one of our military veterans and his wife.”

Lowery admits the resolution was spurred by the Charleston shooting carried out by Dylann Roof, an exploitation that Millar described “disgusting” and “misguided.” Another city councilman, Edmund Ford, Jr., asked maybe the most pertinent question: “Even when all the flags have been taken down and when all the artifacts have been moved, what do we do next as a people?”

Forrest himself provided the outline in his farewell address to his troops.

“Civil war, such as you have just passed through naturally engenders feelings of animosity, hatred, and revenge. It is our duty to divest ourselves of all such feelings; and as far as it is in our power to do so, to cultivate friendly feelings towards those with whom we have so long contended, and heretofore so widely, but honestly, differed. Neighborhood feuds, personal animosities, and private differences should be blotted out; and, when you return home, a manly, straightforward course of conduct will secure the respect of your enemies. Whatever your responsibilities may be to Government, to society, or to individuals meet them like men.”

Such words of conciliation are lost on today’s radical left, which continues to seek the destruction of everything deemed offensive. Fortunately, the forces of sanity are fighting back, and they will not allow our history to be erased.

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The New York Times–one of the most storied news sources in the world, the newspaper that once bragged it contained “all the news that’s fit to print”–is now actively calling for “a new black radicalism.”

And yes, “black radicalism” is exactly what it sounds like.

In the wake of the Charleston church shooting–where Dylann Roof, a young white supremacist, killed nine African-American churchgoers–New York Times writer, Chris Lebron, decided that enough is enough.

He decided that, if Americans are going to stop white-on-black violence, white people are going to have to pay. He doesn’t rule out increased violence to get his point across.

It’s not just a ludicrous idea–advocating that one race rise up and “radically” go after another is actively dangerous. Especially when it’s printed and publicized by one of the largest newspapers in the country.

Lebron defines this so-called “black radicalism” as “…not merely rationally persuading white Americans, but to intentionally unsettle and dislodge them from the comforts of white privilege.”

And when he says he plans to accomplish that radically–well, he means radically.

He doesn’t mean sit-ins or peaceful protests, like America had in the 1960s.

In fact, he argues that “blacks should not desire [Martin Luther King, Jr.’s] second coming… It seems to me that the days of sitting at the lunch counter and enduring inhumane abuses must be left to history.”

Instead of the kind of peaceful protest that attracted people of all races, made King a national legend, and helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Lebron urges something “more appropriately radical for our present moment.”

He doesn’t explicitly say what that “appropriately radical” response is. But when he asks himself whether this black radicalism can be widespread violence, he admits, “Yes, it can be.”

In Lebron’s eyes, because one white person–like Dylann Roof–was a white supremacist, the entire black community needs to rise up and break down societal convention.

No matter that African-Americans are more likely to kill African-Americans than they are to be killed by whites. And no matter that–because of the Left’s policies that have gutted black families, encouraged single-parent households, and discouraged work–African-Americans are economically falling farther and farther behind other races, even as racism continues to disappear.

Obviously, this is problematic. There’s no excuse for white supremacy–and there’s no excuse for shooting up a room of anyone, least of all Christians in a house of worship.

But, on the flip side of the coin, there’s similarly no excuse for “black radicalism” either.

America still has a long way to go to fix its societal problems, but exchanging violence against one race for violence against another? That wouldn’t do anything but lead to bloodshed, and widen the rift between whites and blacks. That seems like an obvious point–unless you’re Chris Lebron and The New York Times.

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For decades, there has been a level of suspicion among gun owners at the grassroots level in the country that establishment Republicans run neither hot nor cold on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Rather, they will champion whichever position wins them the most political power on Election Day.

Now it seems that one of the highest ranking Republican strategists – Karl Rove, the “architect” who ran President George W. Bush’s two campaigns for president – has shed much welcomed light on the stand that senior party strategists take on the gun rights of law-abiding citizens.

In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” this past weekend, Rove made a major concession to the gun control lobby’s narrative when he said that banning guns would be the only way to stop gun violence.

Rove’s comment was said against backdrop of the kind of violence that occurred last week when a deranged lone-wolf gunman gunned down nine worshipers at the Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

When Chris Wallace asked Rove how we can “stop the violence”, Rove, a long-time gun-rights advocate, said that we have made great strides as a nation in empathizing with gun violence v victims but the only guaranteed way to stop murder sprees like the church shootings would be to “remove guns from society.” Quoting the exchange:

WALLACE: How do we stop the violence?

ROVE: I wish I had an easy answer for that, but I don’t think there’s an easy answer.

We saw an act of evil. Racist, bigoted evil, and to me the amazing thing is that it was met with grief and love. Think about how far we’ve come since 1963. The whole weight of the government throughout the South was to impede finding and holding and bringing to justice the men who perpetrated the [Birmingham] bombing.

And here, we saw an entire state, an entire community, an entire nation come together, grieving as one and united in the belief that this was an evil act, so we’ve come a long way.

Now maybe there’s some magic law that will keep us from having more of these. I mean basically the only way to guarantee that we will dramatically reduce acts of violence involving guns is to basically remove guns from society, and until somebody gets enough “oomph” to repeal the Second Amendment, that’s not going to happen.”

While Rove has a long career of advising candidates running for public office that supporting the Second Amendment – or at least staying silent on the issue – is an essential part of winning, conceding so much rhetorical ground to the gun ban lobby by linking gun ownership to gun violence will do nothing more than make pro-gun voters wary as the 2016 elections approach.

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With all the “we need more gun control laws” talk coming out of the Obama Administration and the gun control lobby following the Charleston, S.C., church shootings, one issue has been all but ignored by those who think they can solve gun violence by criminals by taking away the gun rights of law-abiding Americans.

The location of the church shooting was designated under South Carolina law as a “gun free zone” – just like the Sandy Hook School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado. Under South Carolina law:

“…civilians may not carry their legal firearms “on school premises (including day care and preschool facilities), in law enforcement offices or facilities, in court facilities, at polling places on election days, in churches or other religious sanctuaries, or in hospitals or medical facilities. (S.C. Code Ann.§ 23-31- 215.)”

So even though South Carolina is one of several states around the country that issue concealed carry licenses on a “shall issue” basis, legal gun owners are not permitted to carry their firearms into places of worship.

That didn’t stop Alleged Gunman Dylann Roof, 21, a man described by investigators as a “white supremacist” who wanted to “start a race war”, from entering the historically black church and killing nine people before leaving the scene and driving 245 miles away where he was arrested by North Carolina state police.

It is also unlikely that the penalties for breaking the “gun free zone” law mattered at all to Roof. South Carolina state law states that the penalty for carrying a firearm in a gun free zone – like a church – is punishable by a fine of at least $1,000, up to one year in jail, or both.

Roof, a white male from Lexington, South Carolina, was captured in Shelby, North Carolina. Early reports say that Roof’s father gave him the .45 caliber pistol used in the crime as a gift for his 21st birthday in April – the same day Roof became eligible to apply for a concealed carry permit under state law.

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Police were still examining the crime scene in the killing of nine worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, responding to a bomb threat and searching for a suspect in the killings when President Barack Obama took to the microphone to push his gun control agenda.

After a few comments about the senseless act and personal recollections the president had of Reverend Clementa Pinckney who was killed in the incident, the president launched an attack on the Second Amendment gun rights of law-abiding Americans.

In his remarks from the White House before leaving on a fundraising trip to Los Angeles that he chose not to cancel, the president said:

“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.”

“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. It is in our power to do something about it.”

The exasperated president said that he had to “make statements like this too many times” referring to several high profile killings that have occurred during his presidency including the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and two separate Islamic terrorist incidents at Fort Hood.

The president added that “Communities like (Charleston) have had to endure tragedies like this too many times.”

When asked for his reaction to the president’s political comments about the shooting at the oldest predominantly black church in the nation, presidential candidate Rand Paul said he was skeptical that the government had a solution to the lone wolf killer who snaps.

“What kind of person goes in a church and shoots nine people? There’s a sickness in our country. There’s something terribly wrong, but it isn’t going to be fixed by your government,” the Kentucky senator said.

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN that the NRA declined to comment following the President’s remarks Thursday afternoon saying “The NRA will not be making any public statements until the facts are known.”

Obama also said on Thursday that the current political arrangement in Washington, with Republicans in control both houses of Congress, means new gun control laws remains unlikely during his presidency.

“The politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now.”, Obama said. “At some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it, and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.”

The president did not comment on fact that even if all of the gun control measures he has supported during his presidency and in the Senate were law today that they would have stopped the killings committed by a lone insane gunman.

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LATEST UPDATE – The suspect in the Charleston shooting, 21 year old Dylann Roof, has been caught in North Carolina.

9:00pm on Wednesday night, Dylann Roof, 21, walked in and started shooting inside a church in historic Charleston, South Carolina. At 110 Calhoun Street, which is home to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the shooter left 9 victims in his wake and fled the scene.

There is an active manhunt for the suspect. The FBI released the suspect’s picture and name and the Charleston Police Department is requesting any information related to the shooting and the suspect.

The police do not believe that the suspect has left the area. In fact there are a number of reports suggesting that the suspect is still in the area and threating to shoot up other places until he is caught.

The church is a predominantly African American and is the oldest AME church in the south according to the church’s website.

The crime has been called a “hate” crime being that the shooter was white and all his victims were black. There has been no real evidence to prove this is the case. The Mayor was the first to call the crime a hate crime.

“This is an unspeakable and unfathomable act by somebody filled with hate and a deranged mind.” – Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joseph Riley

A spokesman for the Justice Department says that federal officials are going to open an investigation into a hate crime. The FBI and the US Attorney’s Office for South Carolina are also opening up investigations.


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