Another day, another act of domestic terrorism committed by a man with a hate-filled heart and a bullet-filled gun.
I don't know what is more remarkable and terrifying, that so many Americans harbor murderous hate in their hearts or that these sick souls find it so easy to acquire arsenals, both large and small. And a small arsenal was all it took to all but erase from this mortal coil African-American congregants gathered for prayer and Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
Among the first to be gunned down was the pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, "the moral conscience of the General Assembly” in the words of one Senate colleague.
Who would do this? According to police, just another violent and troubled young person -- one possessing the ballistic means to kill in person those he had already slain in his heart of darkness.
It appears that 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof was a white supremacist. A Facebook photo showed him wearing a jacked adorned with patches of the flags of Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa. His car's front plate depicted the flags of the Confederate States of America.
AND THERE'S this account from NBC News:
"At the conclusion of the Bible study, from what I understand, they just start hearing loud noises ringing out," cousin Sylvia Johnson told NBC affiliate WIS-TV, "and he had already wounded — the suspect already wounded a couple of individuals."
She said one of those people was Pinckney, a 41-year-old married father of two and Democratic member of the state Senate.
The female survivor told Johnson that the gunman reloaded five different times and that her son was trying to "talk him out of doing the act of killing people."
But he wouldn't listen, she said.
"You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go," the shooter told the group, according to the survivor's account to Johnson.
RT @Jeremy11alive Confederate flag at full staff over SC State Capitol. Other flags at half staff. Thoughts?… pic.twitter.com/KyjkfufXfq— 11Alive News (@11AliveNews) June 18, 2015
Don't answer that.