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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Huckabee: more guns needed in Charleston church

Posted By on Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 1:43 PM

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.

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