What to do when facing evil

Greg Camp for reports:

By this point, readers of this site are surely very aware of the murders committed in Charleston, South Carolina.  Predictably, the usual cast of politicians and advocates have leapt on the incident with demands for more gun control….The killing of innocent people does demand a response out of common humanity, and the voices of knee-jerk reaction have to be countered.  To that end, consider the following suggestions for how all good people can answer the horror that has been perpetrated.

First off, we must quit celebrating these killers….I am asking people of good will to choose to ostracize the vile coward.  Don’t show his picture; don’t spend endless hours and ink and electrons making him the subject of our attention.  His picture only serves a benefit when law enforcement is still looking for him.  The suspect has been captured.  He will be tried, and given the evidence, he’s likely to be convicted.  Or if we must speak of him, make it clear that we see him as a loser who had nothing of any value to contribute to human race.

We must also make it clear to the world that support for gun rights is entirely separate from and opposed to racism.  The concept of rights only works when we recognize them as inherent in all human beings.  The forces of gun control are the ones who want to limit firearms as a privilege of the approved (wealthy and politically connected) few.  Recall, for example, Michael Bloomberg’s comments on how minorities should not be allowed to have guns—comments that got reported on, even though he tried to restrict access to the video of his words. People of good will have to call out racism wherever we find it, even when its among our own supporters.  Killing people because of their skin color is a disgusting act, and so is regarding a person’s moral, intellectual, or mental worth on the same basis.

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