The recent shooting of nine people attending a bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina has really shed light on the bigotry of those of the far right. Just about every Republican presidential candidate had some remarkably inappropriate response to the shooting.
And just when you think you’ve heard it all-“a lack of salvation in this country caused this,” “this was as an attack on our religious freedom”-comes along South Carolina’s State Rep. Bill Chumley.
While the Republican presidential candidates’ responses were all bullshit, they were sadly, not surprising. We can get as mad as we want for them trying to politicize a tragic event to fit their agendas, but it’s nothing new.
Chumley, on the other hand, is a different breed.
While defending the use of the Confederate Flag at South Carolina capitol grounds, he made several remarks which were just downright sickening.
“These people sat in there and waited their turn to be shot,” said the South Carolina state rep.
Going on to add, “That’s sad. Somebody in there with a means of self-defense could’ve stopped this.”
“Why didn’t somebody just do something?” Chumley asked. “You’ve got one skinny person shooting a gun. We need to do what we can.”
Let’s put Chumley in a room and have someone open fire and see how brave he is.