Let us be clear: the individual who carried out this crime is a sick, deranged person for reasons we do not yet fully grasp. Oh, we can draw some conclusions based on what we knew within minutes of the event, but ultimately we know very little about the gunman, Dylann Roof. The one thing that is clear is that this—like all murders—was an illogical act; yet, as always, we are attempting to apply logic where there is none. That is exactly where the problem arises because it opens the door to opinion and the leftist Liberals’ use of tragedy to make political points.
This is how it works for the Liberal: Let us not dwell on the mental stability of Mr. Roof, even though it is the most obvious thing to question in light of his actions. No, let us instead label his actions as a hate crime. The shooting was carried out coldly and methodically because Mr. Roof hates Blacks. When you accept that premise, the rest of the factors fall into place, and the mental stability of the individual is all but ignored. Let’s talk about the narrative—moving beyond the hideous act and assumed rationale to the desired actions needing to take place in order to head off a similar incident in the future. The story goes something like this in the short version: Once upon a time, an otherwise healthy young man was overcome by his hatred of black people, so he took the birthday money his parents had given him, purchased a gun, and killed nine innocent black people. His hatred was driven by seeing the ever-present Confederate flag, and his ability to carry out the killing was accommodated by the ease with which he was able to get a hand-gun. I would say that about covers it in the time that I have here.
Notice now that the young perpetrator of this hideous act is no longer the focal point. The focal point has shifted to the ease of gun acquisition and the Confederate Flag as a symbol of black slavery. Without guns and that flag, this act probably would not have taken place—at least that is the reasoning the Left would like you to embrace. Why? Because it fits their agenda of gaining greater and greater control over the masses by stripping them of their individual rights and making them all the same. Then, like sheep, they will be more easily led to the slaughter.
We have a sitting president who almost ran to the microphone to decry gun violence (“this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in advanced countries”) and label this a hate crime (“The fact that this took place in a black church obviously also raises questions about a dark part of our history.”). That energy could have been much better employed to unite us in sorrow, but once again Obama used the Rahm Emanuel playbook: Never let a serious crisis go to waste (a quote actually attributable to Winston Churchill). This was an act of hatred caused by symbols like the Confederate Flag and guns; if we do away with both, we will ensure that random killings will not occur in the future. Whoa boy—you just might have bitten off of some faulty logic there, but then again, you are supposed to. Eliminating guns might work if that were the only method by which people can be slaughtered—but it is not. How many other potentially lethal things will we have to eliminate from our lives? Razor blades? Forks? Bed sheets? Rope? Where does it stop? This was the act of a deranged mind, a mind set on visiting violence upon an unsuspecting group of bible scholars who were Black. The gun was his choice—but not his only opportunity.
Some have decided the Confederate Flag must go. The mere fact that Mr. Roof had it on his car gives it a solely racist meaning, regardless of historical context. Therefore, to lessen the possibility of inciting impressionable minds to violence, it must be removed. What else must we take down to satisfy this witch hunt? Must we hide or tear down our churches and the cross that stands before them? We have done a pretty good job of that with the Ten Commandments already. Where does it all stop? How much do you give up to impede the actions of the insane among us at the cost of the sane?
While we wander down the path of the Liberal narrative once again, we can forget about considering mental illness as the basis of such situations, i.e., that a person thinks in such a fashion because all the wires in his head are not connected to the proper terminals. They see things; they hear voices; they feel paranoia; they draw bad conclusions, and they make up their mind to do something that seems quite rational to them. Melting down all the guns and burning all the flags will not fix their broken thinking or stop their ability to carry out heinous acts. The shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, like many other situations, is a product of mental illness, and we need to address it for what it is if we expect to eradicate such incidents in the future.
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