Dylann Roof attended a prayer meeting at Charleston, S.C.’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. After about an hour, he pulled a gun and shot nine Christians dead.
South Carolina’s gun laws did nothing to stop this homicidal racist from going on a rampage inside a house of worship. South Carolina permits an individual to carry concealed in church only if given “express permission,” which Roof quite obviously had never been given, since Wednesday was, to my knowledge, the first time he’d ever even set foot in the building.
Many state laws, regrettably in my view, prohibit concealed carry in church. Such laws, well-intentioned as they may be, turn churches into gun-free zones and human shooting galleries.
The sad and unnecessary reality is that when Roof started firing, there was nobody in the building who could shoot back. What it usually takes to stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.
While there were any number of good men at Emanuel that night, not one of them was armed and in a position to defend himself, his family or his fellow worshippers.
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