It has happened again, not just the murder of nine innocent victims in a prayer meeting at the hands of a mentally unstable racist, hate-filled young man, but a president who can't seem to stop at just expressing the sympathy of the nation to the victims' families.
He is a president who refuses to heal our nation's wounds, but instead cynically uses human tragedy for his own political purposes, pouring salt in those wounds. Just as this young man allegedly wanted to start a race war, our president seems to want to use racial tension for his own political power war.
The hate expressed by this evil, sick man's actions is magnified by our disgusting president's knee jerk reaction to politically profit from it. Instead of a soft-spoken statement of national sympathy and a plea for us to love and respect each other, as Martin Luther King dreamed, he segues into a lecture on gun control to push his anti-Second Amendment agenda.As I watched South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley break down and sob at the tragedy in her state to the victims, the contrast was palpable.
Whether this young man got his gun as legal gift, used gift money, or an illegal straw purchase, has not been confirmed yet. It is alleged he was using psychiatric medication and planning a race war trigger for six months.
Who will be the next victim to be unarmed due to our president's mania against self-protection? Can we just take a moment away from politics and express our sorrow at those good, dear people who died and encourage a little love for each other?
Our nation is together and uniform in its sadness and grief over this. Politics should wait until after or respects are paid.
David R. Kraner