The church-shooting of Charleston left nine dead, and now a handful of democrats are using the tragedy to push stricter gun control bills.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said that after Charleston, America has become obsessed with symbol of the Confederate flag. He also made sure to point out that shooting occurred with a gun.
“It’s a very strong symbol, but the fact still remains that though this young man worshiped that symbol, he carried out his desolate act with a gun,” said Clyburn.
Clyburn, along with Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), and Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign, wants America to stop thinking about the Confederate flag, and start thinking about background checks.
“It’s not definitive,” said Clyburn. “But I do know this, we know from our experiences that background checks are effective in preventing a lot of people who should not have guns from getting them.”
Clearly no one has mentioned to Clyburn, or the other democrats on board with expanding background checks, that outlaws normally don’t acquire guns legally.
Charleston church leaders and relatives of the deceased attended Wednesday’s event, bringing with them the mantra “We are Charleston.”
Pelosi lauded the mantra, saying it also needed to be adopted by Congress. However, she did add a little something extra.
“But we cannot say it unless it is accompanied with, ‘We are Charleston and we will give you a vote on the Brady background check bill,’” said Pelosi.
Gross brought up Sandy Hook, saying that while expanded background checks weren’t passed after that tragedy, they may very well be passed after this one.
“There are cynics out there who say if Congress couldn’t pass this legislation after Sandy Hook… that it will never happen,” said Gross. “I’m here to say not only are they wrong, but we have momentum on our side, more momentum than this issue has had in decades.”
But while the democrats were busy pushing new gun control legislation, the families of the Charleston victims were forgiving the shooter.
(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)