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Santorum: ‘Indiscriminate’ Massacre Of Black Churchgoers By White Man ‘Assault On Religious Liberty’

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Rick Santorum believes the slaughter of nine Black people in a historically Black church that is central to the African-American Civil Rights Movement was haphazard, random, and arbitrary.

Thursday morning Rick Santorum called into a local New York City talk radio show hosted by former Saturday Night Live actor Joe Piscopo, and was asked about Wednesday’s slaughter at a historically Black Charleston, South Carolina church. 

We now know that the terrorism suspect is a white supremacist, but Santorum didn’t have a full day of news reports to rely on.

He did, however, have his mindset.

At 8:00 AM yesterday, the nation knew that the police were looking for a 21-year old white male. The suspect, the police also knew, had sat in the church before opening fire and murdering nine Black churchgoers, including their famous pastor and state senator, a civil rights leader who was debating a Congressional run.

By that time, the nation also knew the Charleston Chief of Police had twice labeled that attack a “hate crime.”

Instead of putting the most basic facts together, Santorum decided to use the slaughter of nine people to further his agenda, on which he is basing his 2016 presidential run: religious liberty.

“You just can’t think that things like this can happen in America. It’s obviously a crime of hate. Again, we don’t know the rationale, but what other rationale could there be?”

The former Pennsylvania senator said he was “sort of lost that somebody could walk into a Bible study in a church and indiscriminately kill people.”

Indiscriminately?

A white 21-year old walks into a Bible study in a historically Black church that is central in the African-American Civil Rights Movement and slaughters nine people, including its pastor, who was also a state senator and Santorum chalks this up to something haphazard, random, or arbitrary?

“It’s something that, again, you think we’re beyond that in America and it’s sad to see.” 

“All you can do is pray for those and pray for our country,” Santorum added. “This is one of those situations where you just have to take a step back and say we — you know, you talk about the importance of prayer in this time and we’re now seeing assaults on our religious liberty we’ve never seen before. It’s a time for deeper reflection beyond this horrible situation.”

The clear and basic fact that everyone, except for religious conservatives, knew was this was a race-based attack, not an “assault on our religious liberty.”

How would a President Santorum lead us through an event like this?

The segment begins at about the 28 minute mark:

 

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Hat tip: Raw Story and Washington Post

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

Watch: Right Wing Host at NRA Convention Likens 18 Year Olds Buying Guns to 3rd Graders Deciding Gender

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A host from a right-wing streaming service covering the NRA convention in Houston decided to compare conservatives’ growing active opposition to the rights and existence of transgender people, to the majority of Americans demanding expanded gun control legislation.

“We are being told by the left that a third-grader has the knowledge to determine if they were born a boy or they were born a girl, whether or not they want to stay that gender that they were born with,” said Brian Glenn, Right Side Broadcasting’s director of programming and correspondent.

“And if we feel like at a third grade you can make decisions on your gender, then I think by the time you’re 18 you should have enough maturity – assuming you’re not a complete psychopath – to buy a handgun and exercise your Second Amendment.”

Of course, that hypothetical third-grader is harming exactly no one and later can reverse that decision if they choose, which the vast majority do not.

That hypothetical 18-year old, or, in the case of this week’s horrific tragedy, an actual 18-year old, buying two AR-15 style assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition within three days of their 18th birthday, gunning down 21 people including 19 elementary school children, cannot reverse any of those decisions.

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Local Texas Cops Blocked Specialized Federal Tactical Team That Killed Shooter From Engaging for One Hour

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When a specially equipped U.S. Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene of Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, local police who were already on the scene wouldn’t allow them to engage with the shooter, The New York Times reports.

“The agents from Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at some point between 12 p.m. and 12:10 p.m., according to the officials — far earlier than previously known,” The Times’ report stated. “But they did not breach the adjoining classrooms of the school where the gunman had locked himself in until a little before 1 p.m. Members of the federal tactical team killed the gunman.”

But officials speaking to The Times say the Uvalde Police Department prevented the agents from going in sooner.

The new details further call into the question the thinking behind how law enforcement responded to the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers. The Border Patrol and ICE agents say they did not understand why they were force to wait. All of the 21 victims died in the area where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos had barricaded himself in.

IN OTHER NEWS: Christian summer camp ‘rebuked’ girls who reported assault and told them to ‘forgive’ assailant: report

Read the full report at The New York Times.

 

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Cops Waited 47 Minutes Because They Were Waiting for a Key to the Door, Thought Shooter Was Barricaded Despite 911 Calls

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Texas law enforcement officers on scene in Uvalde, Texas waited 47 minutes to break into the classroom where an 18-year old gunman slaughtered 19 children because they were waiting for a key to open the door, and thought it was no longer an active shooter situation.

“From the benefit of hindsight…it was the wrong decision,” admitted Texas Department of Public Safety director Col. Steven McGraw.

That decision was made despite children calling 911 during that time, begging for help, according to multiple reports, including this from the New York Times’ Mike Baker:

“You say there were 19 officers gathered in the hallway or somewhere,” CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz said during Friday’s press conference. “What efforts were made to try and break through that door? You say it was locked. What efforts were the officers making?”

“None at that time,” DPS director replied.

“The on-scene commander at that time believed it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject,” he said, adding moments later that “he believed there were no more children at risk.”

“Obviously, based on the information we have, there were children in that classroom and it was in fact still an active shooter investigation.”

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This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

This article has been updated with New York Times’ 911 call information.

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