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NRA Official Blames SC State Senator and Pastor for Shooting Because He Voted Against Guns in Churches

An National Rifle Association official blamed Pastor Celementa Pinckney for his death and those of eight others in Charleston because in his job as state senator he voted against guns in churches.

NRA board member “Chas” Cotton sounded off on the Texas Concealed Handgun License forum, blaming Pinckney because he “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,” Cotton wrote. “Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.”

Pinckney, the head pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of the state senate for the last 15 years, voted against a 2011 concealed-carry bill that would have allowed people to bring guns to churches, daycare centers, and restaurants.

The bill failed.

Cotton also previously attacked President Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for their response to the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

“The anti-gun response by all of those making up the Obama-Bloomberg Coalition was too rapid, too coordinated, too well-funded, and too consistent to have been an impromptu response to the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut,” Cotton wrote. “President Obama obviously wanted to wait until after the presidential election to launch his the anti-gun campaign.”

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