It's sick, when you think about it, that America has a ritual for the aftermath of gun deaths. We talk about the tragedy, we parse the background of the killer and victims, we say "no more!" and the president gives a speech.
And, in some cases, the worst among us blame the victims for their own deaths.
That's what happens when gun junkies claim that mass murders, like the deadly church attack in Charleston, South Carolina, happen because of gun control efforts.
Now let that sink in. A person is murdered because some deranged individual who spent way too many hours chalking out a hate-filled ideology was able to get his hands on a gun and open fire at innocent people.
Who would blame the victims for the deaths? Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and longtime NRA leader Charles Cotton.
These two believe that the gun control laws, the implementation of which could have saved the nine lives and countless others, should be held culpable for the deaths. Huckabee and Cotton have the audacity to say the Charleston Emanuel AME Church victims died because none of them were packing a gun.
We don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.
Instead of admitting that the U.S. utterly fails at gun control, Charles Cotton directed his ire toward the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a pastor who was killed in the shooting. During his time as a legislator in the State Senate of South Carolina, Pinckney pushed for gun control and introduced a bill that would cement background checks for gun purchases in South Carolina. In a post on pro-gun rights TexasCHLForum.com, he said,
Not to be outdone, Mike Huckabee also blamed gun control for the calamity. With a firm belief that the world could not do without him making his opinion public, he said:
"The one thing that would have at least ameliorated the horrible situation in Charleston would have been that if somebody in that prayer meeting had a conceal carry or there had been either an off duty policeman or an on duty policemen, somebody with the legal authority to carry a firearm and could have stopped the shooter."
Also presenting his bizarre theory of Equilibrium and Offset, Huckabee said,
"It sounds crass, but frankly the best way to stop a bad person with a gun is to have a good person with a weapon that is equal or superior to the one that he’s using."
Disgusting, all around. Victims are never to blame for their own deaths at the hand of a madman. Politicians, on the other hand, who sit idly by while Americans are gunned down, have blood on their hands.