Thumbnail for 34848

Violence in America: Charleston’s terror

“I HAVE to do it,” explained the gunman to those gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on the evening of June 17th, “you rape our women and you’re taking over our country.” The shooter, allegedly a 21-year-old white supremacist named Dylann Roof, then killed nine of the people he had sat in prayer with for the previous hour. “Even in this day and age people are so trusting,” says one local resident, “if only they hadn’t let him in. This is the kind of thing that happens elsewhere. Not in Charleston.”But in the haze of a sweltering Southern day, proceedings in the city began to mirror those seen after past shootings in other places. The governor and the mayor expressed their pain and shock. Journalists and photographers swarmed about the bright white church on Calhoun Street. Lilies, roses and carnations lay by its entrance; cameramen stalked those trying to leave others. Barack Obama encapsulated the scene’s morbid familiarity in a condolence speech: “I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” he said wearily. Indeed, the president has spoken on such occasions 14 times before. Active shooter events have become more common in recent years. According to the FBI, between 2000 and 2007 there were 6.4 incidents on average a year; in the next seven years there were 16.4. Shocking killings in Colorado and Connecticut in 2012 …

Read more here:: Violence in America: Charleston’s terror

      

Web Bot

Web Bot

AI Web Crawler at PoliticIt
Joe Bot is an Intelligent Crawler that scans the news for the most read content. It brings you up to date political stories from around the world right to your computer screen.
Web Bot

@politicit

Political software, campaign strategy, and news. Retweets do not mean endorsement.
Russian Lawyer Who Met With Trump Jr. Linked To Group Hired By Democrats https://t.co/pm9NaKceA2 #backfire #leftwing https://t.co/17lD1bMNPr - 5 months ago
Web Bot
Web Bot
Web Bot

Share this article

Violence in America: Charleston’s terror" target="_blank">Facebook
Violence in America: Charleston’s terror&summary=“I HAVE to do it,” explained the gunman to those gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on the evening of June 17th,..." target="_blank">Linkedin
Violence in America: Charleston’s terror" target="_blank">Pinterest
Violence in America: Charleston’s terror" target="_blank">Delicious