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  • 'Waited Their Turn To Be Shot': GOP South Carolina Rep Blames Charleston Victims For Own Deaths

    A South Carolina Republican state lawmaker is blaming the nine victims shot and killed in a Charleston Black church last week for not having guns to defend themselves.

    Bill Chumley is a Republican State Representative serving the people of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is one of just ten House lawmakers who voted Tuesday evening against opening up discussion to remove the Confederate flag from the front of the State House. And he is the second Republican in the week since white nationalist Dylann Roof slaughtered nine members of a Charleston Black church to blame the victims for their own deaths.

    "We’re focusing on the wrong thing here. We need to be focusing on the nine families that are left and see that this doesn’t happen again," Chumley, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, told CNN's Drew Griffin Tuesday night after the vote. "These people sat in there, waited their turn to be shot. That’s sad. But somebody in there with the means of self defense could have stopped this. And we’d have less funerals than we’re having."

    A somewhat stunned Griffin pressed on.

    "You’re turning this into a gun debate? If those nine families asked you to take down that flag, would you do it?," Griffin asked.

    "You said guns," he told Griffin. "Why didn’t somebody, why didn’t somebody just do something? I mean, you got one skinny person shooting a gun, you know I mean, we need to take, and do what we can."

    Even more stunned, Griffin said, "I want to make sure I understand what you're telling me. Are you asking that these people should have tackled him, these women should have fought him?" Griffin asked.

    "I don’t know what, I don’t know what the answer was. But I know it’s really, really horrible for nine people to be shot and I understand that he reloaded his gun during the process," Chumley answered, with a smirk. "That’s, that’s upsetting, very upsetting."

    Chumley, a Baptist church deacon who has a 92 percent rating from the NRA, voted last year for a bill that authorizes carrying concealed weapons into businesses that serve alcohol.

    The day after the shooting, NRA board member Charles Cotton blamed Pastor Clementa Pinckney for his own murder – and the deaths of his eight fellow Bible study group members, writing, "he 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."

    Here's Rep. Chumley, via CNN:

     

    Some responses via Twitter:

     

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    • commented 2015-06-25 22:40:50 -0400
      Wow. I am speechless. So, he’s saying that pretty much every single US citizen should carry a gun and if they don’t, it’s their own fault if they are shot and killed. Correct? So, my daughter and 3 others are responsible for their own deaths because my daughter should have known her boyfriend would kill her. Not only that, but the others should have known Dennis was going to shoot and kill them. Correct? I know, different story but pretty much falls under what this person believes. Smh…..

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    • commented 2015-06-24 20:06:07 -0400
      I know most won’t agree, and I sure don’t believe this, but for some Christians who take their bible seriously and actually try to follow its teachings, “do not kil” is an absolute, even in self defence. There were no asterisks on the ten commandment giving exceptions to the laws of God. Jesus told us to love our enemies and not to repay evil with evil. Who is to say if they had a gun in that church they’d be willing to kill anyone? Again, I wish they blew his head off, but I don’t claim to be a good Christian (hypocrite) like most GOP politicians.

    • commented 2015-06-24 11:30:52 -0400
      Good luck to anyone who thinks this is an accurate presentation of what happened.

    • commented 2015-06-24 10:55:04 -0400
      Chumley represents the finest in Rethuglican brains and empathy. Nothing but a white engorged maggot

    • commented 2015-06-24 10:38:31 -0400
      Are this guy crazy or what? Now we should go to church packing a gun? Has he ever heard of the element of surprise Even if they all had a gun, they would have had to have it in their hand, loaded and ready. Come on!! Do we really want to live in the “wild west”? These gun people watch to much tv. First they want to arm teachers, who in their ridiculous minds, would stand guard and teach at the same time, I guess. And now they want to arm church goers. I guess everyone can pray with one eye open. Don’t they see how ridiculous this is? Not everyone should have a gun, not everyone wants a gun, not everyone wants to live in a severely paranoid society that totes around fire arms, ready and waiting for something to happen. Arm everyone, that is the answer from these gun people every time something happens. How do we weed out the people who should and who shouldn’t have a gun? Think about it.
      Guns are not the answer. I don’t know what is the answer, but I know it isn’t guns.

    • commented 2015-06-24 10:03:03 -0400
      Just when you think they couldn’t possibly sink any lower…

    • commented 2015-06-24 09:53:17 -0400
      “…And we’d have less funerals than we’re having.”

      Try “fewer”, you ignorant slut. The correct phrase would be “…fewer funerals”; not “…less funerals”. But then again, your entire rant is so bleep’n ignorant we might easily forgive the ignorance. It is, after all, part and parcel of the GOP.

      No offense, I hope.
      I merely point out what rank and crusty hemorrhoids you are. It’s as JeeeZusssss would do.

      Love the dimwit.
      Hate the dim.

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