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Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Hey Tom, thanks for the reply.

You mention that Germany took down the Nazi flag immediately. Well, we gave them no choice. The occupying forces made it law, and that law remains to this day. While we did not go as far as banning it, we can continue to fly the flag for WHATEVER reason they choose to display it. White Supremacy may be one reason some do so. It certainly is not why I do so.

I support the flags removal from over the statehouse. The only flag that should fly there is the state flag and above it, the American flag. Over a monument was an acceptable place to display it, so I did not support its removal from that location. The entire flag issue was a terrible distraction from the AME shooting. Something that I feel could have waited so that the two issues were not connected in the minds of South Carolinians.

I think you conclusion that the FBI failed to order the ATF to confiscate the shooters illegally purchased firearm is a bit of a stretch. More likely, the FBI was lazy and simply did not care enough to pursue it until AFTER it was used in a shooting. Suddenly it mattered a great deal.

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Posted by Jshicke on June 19, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “S.C. attorney general joins nationwide investigation into opioid manufacturers

"As one of a handful of states where the amount of painkiller prescriptions outnumbers residents"

Whoa, say what? How does that happen legally? We getting out of state patients who come here for pain killer prescriptions? Sure would have liked to hear more on that point in this article, but they make the statement, and just let it hang.

Posted by Jshicke on June 16, 2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

I agree with Jamie, I am glad this article, and the others were written. It is good to have open dialog to better understand each other. So many disagreed with my above comment, but apparently dialog is not what they wanted to have. So I sit here scratching my head over what it was they particularly disagreed with... and why.

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Posted by Jshicke on June 16, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Trump won by a landslide in this state because many South Carolinian's at least found SOMETHING he said that they could identify with. Further they (and I) distrusted Hillary. When faced between choosing a pile of puke and a pile of feces, I picked the mess that would be easier to clean up if it started to smell so bad we just could not stand it anymore. Despite rhetoric, I feel the country IS doing better. I suggest that those who strongly disagree get their friends to join them at the polls next time. Republican participation in the primary was at record levels while Democratic votes fell drastically.

However, none of this has anything to do with the AME tragedy. Charleston has never been as divided as many think we are. We have pockets, true, but the vast majority rub shoulders with those of other races and creeds daily, and think nothing of it.

Kimpson's idea failed for several reasons. The three-day "Charleston Loophole" that allows some S.C. gun purchasers to buy and take home a gun before a background check has been completed, would have made some firearm sales take MONTHS to complete.

Further, it was not the default proceed after 3 days has passed rule that allowed the AME shooter to keep that firearm. The FBI has 90 days to make a determination. If they had ultimately decided to deny the sale, they could have issued an order to ATF to confiscate the firearm. Dylan Roof purchased the firearm on April 16, the shooting was committed on June 17, over TWO MONTHS from the time he had made the purchase. If at ANY TIME the FBI had cause to deny the sale, and they did, they could have ordered the ATF to confiscate that firearm. They did not do it and they still cannot fully explain why. The system is broken, but making a lawful resident wait months for the FBI to make a determination is a violation of their civil rights to self defense (Yes, gun ownership is a civil right, not simply a privilege, like your drivers license), and does nothing to light a fire under the FBI's behinds to move to get such a firearm recovered when improperly sold.

Gentrification? Wage Gaps? The AME shooting showed that many whites do not believe in the AME shooters ideology of white supremacy, it has nothing to do with embracing socialism, and spreading the wealth to the perceived down trodden masses. The shooter was not Robin Hood and his ideology had nothing to do with racial wage disparity.

In the aftermath of the AME shooting, the world held its breath in anticipation of Charleston becoming the next Ferguson; with rioting, shooting, and burning. We came together and showed that these tragedies do not have to tear us apart on racial lines, and I am very proud of my fellow Charlestonians for that. You say we did not make any lasting change? I think we did. We showed the country that the racial divide is not deeper in the south like they thought it was/ That rioting, burning, and looting is not how you respond to tragedy, and that those who would seek to divide us further should go elsewhere to find easier targets for their racist hate to be fertilized. I personally think that was a great thing.

Knee jerk politicking in the wake of a tragedy is not the way we should be making law in this state, or in this country. So what did we do in the face of all this racial brotherly love and support? We bowed to external pressure and took down a flag, which was probably more of an undoing of racial tolerance in this state than the shooting was.

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Posted by Jshicke on June 15, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “How a Charleston bar led to one of the Cold War's most damaging spy rings

Is this that house near 'Blue House Road' that fronts the interstate. It sits right alongside 78 near the 'Bizzy Bee' and some Mulch place?

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Posted by Jshicke on June 9, 2017 at 12:06 PM

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