Predictably, right wingers are unhappy that President Barack Obama brought up gun control during his remarks on the shooting in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine dead. A Fox News host, interviewing Mike Huckabee on Friday, called Obama’s remarks “pretty despicable.” Here’s what Huck had to say:
The one thing that would have at least ameliorated the horrible situation in Charleston would have been that if somebody in that prayer meeting had a conceal carry or there had been either an off duty policeman or an on duty policemen, somebody with the legal authority to carry a firearm and could have stopped the shooter.
Huckabee acknowledged that “it sounds crass” to suggest that an arms race in prayer meetings is the best way to prevent future violence … but, of course, that’s never stopped him before.
Meanwhile, Charles L. Cotton of Texas, a board member of the National Rifle Association, took this same hot take to ugly depths, blaming one of the victims, Pastor Clementa C. Pinckney, who was also a state senator who supported gun control. On an online forum, Cotton stated:
[H]e voted against concealed-carry. Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead. Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.