Here we go.
The dead aren't even in the ground yet and the Danse Macabre has already begun.
Mr. Charles Cotton is a moderator on the Texas Concealed Hand Gun License Forum, otherwise known as the Texas CHL Forum. He's also a board member of the National Rifle Association and on the board of trustees of the NRA's Civil Rights Defense Fund. On Thursday he came to the conclusion the blame for the murders of nine congregants in Charleston, South Carolina's Emanuel AME church should be placed squarely on the shoulders of, not the shooter, but Reverend Clementa Pickney. You know--one of the people killed.
On Thursday, one day after the shooting, in response to someone on the forum mentioning Pickney was also a state senator, Cotton posted, "And he voted against concealed carry. Eight of his church members who might be alive, if he had expressly allowed members to carry hand guns in church, are dead. Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue."
Indeed, if a servant of the Lord is too much of a wimp to pack a piece then it is all his fault when members of his congregation are gunned down by a gruesome racist twit.
Raw Story reports even the NRA got a little queasy after Cotton's post became public. They issued a statement saying, "Individual board members do not speak for the NRA and do not have the authority to speak for the NRA."
It's also obvious someone from the organization's PR department gave Mr. Cotton a pointed phone call. He quickly told the Washington Post, "I was speaking as a, "private citizen." In addition his entry on the site was deleted. Despite it all, Brother Cotton remained unrepentant. He went on to tell the Post, "...there should not be any gun free zones in schools, or churches, or anywhere else."
No one will ever truly know what Jesus Christ thinks of Chuck Cotton's opinion about arming worshippers in the house of the Lord. However, after reading the gospels, one has a tendency to believe the Savior would probably come down on the side of Pastor Pickney in this particular debate.
Meanwhile the conspiracy theorists, as predicted, are running amok on You Tube. A sampling of a few titles gives us insight into that peculiar life form. There is "Church Shootings: False Flag or Hoax?" then the wonderfully terse, "The Illuminati Want Our Guns," as opposed to, "Charleston Church Shooting and Illuminati Gun Control Agenda Exposed." My personal favorite was the blandly named, "Charleston, SC Shooting: The Agenda Exposed."
That last one is authored by someone using the nom de video, Professor Doom. The prof is a bit all over the place and tends to ramble off on tangents ranging from the Sandy Hook massacre, to uber wealthy bankers migrating to secret bunkers in the Ozarks. He also likes to rant about the, "Jade Helm" military exercise planned for later this summer and feared by everyone from him to current Texas Governor, Greg Abbott.
According to Professor Doom, the gist of, "the agenda" that drove the government to perpetrate the Charleston murders--if there were any actually committed--was to begin a race war which would give the Feds and their overlords an excuse to confiscate everyone's weapons cache. He spices up his cryptic view of the tragedy by saying, "We never actually see him (that would be Dylann Roof, the confessed killer) enter the church. We only see him at the door."
Finally we come to republican presidential candidate, Rick Perry. God Bless him, he just can't say anything right. He was being interviewed by News Max journalist Steve Malzberg, when he said President Obama wanted to, "Take the guns out of the hands of everyone in this country." Then, referring to the Charleston shooting, he added, "This is the M. O. of this administration. Any time there is an accident like this the president is clear. He doesn't like for Americans to have guns and so he uses every opportunity, this being one, to basically parrot that message."
One can only imagine the absolute horror and frustration felt by his staff as soon they heard him say the word, accident. They immediately scrambled damage control teams who reassured everyone their guy really meant to say, incident.
Look for many of them, at least the smart ones, to begin emailing their resumes to other campaigns within the next few hours.
Yes, there we have it on a muggy day here on the American southern plains. There is nothing like cold blooded cruelty, vile weirdness, and brute stupidity to start off the weekend.
Ladies and gentlemen, as always, the bar is open.