Friday, June 19, 2015

NRA Board Member Says Murdered Reverend Responsible For Dead Congregants Because He Advocated For Gun Control

NRA board member named Charles L. Cotton
Immediately following the murders of 9 parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina a National Rifle Association board member named Charles L. Cotton felt it necessary to write that he believed the victims of the massacre died because Reverend Clementa Pinckney's advocated for gun safety laws.

Yes you read that correctly. Charles L. Cotton is blaming the murdered pastor and South Carolina State Senator for the deaths of the church's parishioners killed with a gun because he wanted stronger gun safety laws.

Cotton's ire apparently stems back to 2013 when Pinckney introduced legislation to require more comprehensive background checks on gun sales and supported several other gun safety measures. So according to Cotton this is why he and eight others were shot to death.

Cotton made his feelings about the nine murdered church goers known in a post on an online forum for Texas supporters of the concealed carry of handguns. In the post he wrote...

"He (Rev. Pinckney) 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 is a screen grab of the post...

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This is not Cotton's first foray into unbelievably insensitive internet rants. He came under fire in February for his assertion that beating children would prevent him from having to kill them at a later date. In response to a bill proposed by Texas Rep. Alma Allen to prohibit corporal punishment in schools Cotton wrote on a Texas website that tracks gun legislation...

"I'm sick of this woman and her 'don't touch my kid regardless what he/she did or will do again' attitude," He later added... "Corporal punishment in schools. Perhaps a good paddling in school may keep me from having to put a bullet in him later," 

Cotton who is active in Texas NRA affiliate group Texas State Rifle Association, is listed in the NRA's magazine as a member of the board of directors and ccording to, he has served on the NRA board for more than a decade and has also served on the Board of Trustees of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.

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