5 Years After Racist Charleston Massacre, McConnell Ripped for ‘Unconscionable’ Refusal to Allow Vote on Gun Violence Bill

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was under fire Wednesday—the five-year anniversary of the Charleston, South Carolina church massacre—for his refusal to act on legislation, sitting on his desk for over a year, that would close the loophole that allowed a white supremacist to obtain the gun used to shoot nine black congregants at the historical place of worship.

Due to a clerical error, the gunman’s background check to buy the weapon took longer than three days, which meant the seller was able to sell him the gun. Had a background check been completed, the gunman’s criminal record would have shown he was unable to purchase the weapon. Legislation to close the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” extending the wait time to 10 days, passed the Democrat-controlled House in February 2019.

But, as the Charleston Post and Courier noted Tuesday, the measure “has languished in the Republican-controlled Senate.”

“It’s been 5 years since the shooting at Emanuel AME Church and well over a year since the House passed my bill to help close the #CharlestonLoophole that allowed the gunman to obtain his weapon,” tweeted House Majority Whip James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina.

“The Senate must act so we can prevent tragedies like this from happening again,” Clyburn said.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said the fact that the bill has “been sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk for over a year” is “unconscionable.”

Rev. Sharon Risher, whose mother, two cousins, and a friend were killed at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, wrote Tuesday about the need to pass the legislation, saying that “their lives, and their deaths, are not so different from those of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others killed by systemic racism and hate in our country. Nor are they that different from the tens of thousands of Black people in America who have been killed by COVID-19, a disease that kills us at disproportionate rates because of that same systemic racism.”

She continued:

This is the time to address these problems—by protesting, by voting, by addressing loopholes like the one that killed my mom and cousins five years ago and by dismantling the systems of oppression that African American communities face every day. But like so many of these problems that kill Black people in America, the Charleston loophole has gone unaddressed—even as the other victims’ families and I have continually called out for action.

Many, including Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, took to social media on Wednesday to lift up the lives of the #Charleston9—those who perished in the racist shooting.

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3 Comments on "5 Years After Racist Charleston Massacre, McConnell Ripped for ‘Unconscionable’ Refusal to Allow Vote on Gun Violence Bill"

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Marie Tobias

Not surprising. Moscow Mitch is dedicated to the undermining of American Democracy and Legislation. At every turn, employing his white-knuckled Crypt-Keeper grip on American Politics in the name of concentrating wealth and power, destroying the middle class, uplifting his corporate and billionaire masters, and turn America into a totalitarian shit show.

No man will go down in history as more despised and reviled. He has single-handedly done more damage to this nation than any other soul in the last century.

David Bishop
David Bishop

Thank you for showing us all these victims. McConnell and every single repub senator up for re-election needs to be kicked out of the senate in November. If you vote republican you are complicit and part of the problem.


Who are those two whatevers always behind him when he is frying to make a point or back track? Are they chained to him? Will someone grab him and take him away if they aren’t there?