Nikki Haley: Death Penalty for Roof, Not Gun Control

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This is from NewsMax.

Governor Nikki Haley’s words are of a true American Patriot.

I bet the DemocRat Good Old Boys in South Carolina are going crazy as they want more gun control.

This murdering coward needs to be put to death quickly.

People want something to blame for the shootings that claimed nine lives at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church this week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Friday, but the truth is “there’s a very evil kid out there that we need to blame.”

“Now we want to start the healing process,” Haley told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” in response to a question about President Barack Obama’s statement Thursday on gun violence in connection with the killings.

Later, Haley appeared on the “Today” show where she called for alleged shooter Dylann Roof to get the maximum punishment.

“We will absolutely want him to have the death penalty,” Haley NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on “Today.”  Roof was the only person to blame, she said,  “a person filled with hate.”

“Once we get through healing process,” she said, “I know there will be a lot of conversation.”

On Thursday, gun-rights groups slammed Obama’s call for a national reckoning on gun violence, when he commented that “this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”

Haley, though, told Fox that “apparently he’s got a job to do, but my job is that there are nine families who are incredibly hurt. There is an Emanuel church family that’s beside themselves.”And, the Republican governor said, the “time right now is not right for South Carolina” to be having the gun control debate.

Haley, who choked back tears on Thursday while addressing the public about the shooting, on Friday said that the past two days have been a “devastating, devastating situation to deal with.”

Police arrested Dylann Storm Roof, 21, a white man from Lexington, South Carolina, on Thursday after a 14-hour manhunt, tracking him down in Shelby, North Carolina, about 220 miles north of the shooting site.

Police found a weapon in Roof’s car, possibly the one used to open fire on the church’s Bible study group after sitting in with its members for nearly an hour. Roof has reportedly confessed to the crime, telling officers he wanted to start a race war.

“I talked with my investigators yesterday, [and] they said they looked pure evil in the eye,” Haley said Friday. “That’s what we’re talking about. It’s a kid that thought in a way that people in South Carolina don’t think.”

State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, 41, the church’s pastor, was among those killed in the attack. He was a married father of two daughters, and was first elected to the state House at 23, making him the youngest member of that legislative body at the time.

The killings were never anything South Carolinians thought they ever have to deal with, Haley told Fox News on Friday, “but we’re a strong, prayerful state, we’ll come together and we’ll get through this.”

But for now, it’s hard.

“Going to a place of worship is a place that you are vulnerable,” she said. “You forget the world for a while, you are there to focus and just think about God and all the blessings do you have. Never do you think that you have to worry about walking into a church and being concerned that something is going to happen.”

Haley predicted that as a result of the shocking act, churches will need to start to have security, as “it’s a different day and time.”

She said the events led her to an emotional conversation with her own son, who, like so many people, did not understand what happened.

“On Wednesdays in South Carolina, many families are at church, and so he wanted to know why this happened and what the reasoning was, and I said, ‘You know, all we can say is this is pure hate and that’s not what you go into a church to do.'”

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Charleston church shooting suspect caught over 240 miles away in North Carolina

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This is from Fox News.

I hope this little punk gets the death penalty and it is administered swiftly.

I hope his father gets locked away for a long time for buying him this gun, knowing he has a criminal record.

This shooting plays right into Obama’s anti gun rhetoric.


Police on Thursday nabbed the 21-year-old man suspected of gunning down nine people gathered for Bible study in a Charleston, S.C., church, nearly 14 hours later and 240 miles away after an all-night manhunt.

Dylann Roof, of Columbia, was captured without incident just before noon in a traffic stop after a tip led police to Shelby, N.C. He was in the black Hyundai sedan seen fleeing the horrific scene at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the church’s pastor, Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator, was among those killed.

“We had a number of tips that were coming in,” Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said. “It was amazing the fact that we had teams … standing by. Whenever we got a lead … we sent out teams. It was a tremendous effort.”

“I am so pleased that we were able to resolve this case quickly … so that nobody else is harmed by this individual.”

With Roof in custody, the focus turned to his motives and the victims in the horrific attack that shocked Charleston’s close-knit African-American community and  prompted President Obama, who knew Pinckney, to say it “raises questions about a dark part of history.”

“I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” Obama said. “Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. Once again, innocent people were killed because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”

At least two people survived the attack. One was reportedly a five-year-old girl who obeyed her grandmother’s instructions to play dead and the other was a woman whom the gunman freed to “tell the world” what happened, according to reports.

Pinckney, 41, had been a pastor since he was 18 and was the youngest African-American elected to the South Carolina legislature when he won office in 1996 at age 23 and had been a state senator since 2000.

Also identified by the Charleston County officials as among the dead were:

  • Cynthia Hurd, 54, a librarian from the Charleston County Public Library system, which closed Thursday in her honor
  • Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, a speech therapist and coach of the girls’ track and field team at Goose Creek High School. Coleman-Singleton was a pastor at Emanuel AME Church, according to the church’s website
  • Tywanza Sanders, 26, who was named as a victim by Allen University, his alma mater
  • Ethel Lance, who had worked at the church for 30 years
  • Susie Jackson, 87, Lance’s cousin who was named by a relative and was a longtime church member
  • Depayne Middleton, a mother of four, minister and fixture in the church choir.
  • Myra Thompson, 59
  • Daniel Simmons Sr., 74


Police and local officials immediately branded the shooting spree a hate crime, and the Department of Justice announced Thursday morning that it had opened an investigation into whether federal charges were warranted.

Roof’s childhood friend, Joey Meek, alerted the FBI after recognizing him in a surveillance camera image that was widely circulated, said Meek’s mother, Kimberly Konzny. Roof had worn the same sweatshirt while playing Xbox video,games in their home recently.

“I don’t know what was going through his head,” Konzny said. “He was a really sweet kid. He was quiet. He only had a few friends.”

The Post and Courierreported that Roof was arrested twice in South Carolina and was jailed in March in Lexington County on a drug charge. Roof received a .45-caliber pistol from his father for his 21st birthday in April, his uncle told Reuters. The uncle told the news agency that police were at the suspect’s mother’s home shortly after the shooting.


Dot Scott, the president of the Charleston NAACP, told the Post and Courier newspaper that she had spoken with a female survivor who said the gunman told the woman he was letting her live so she could tell others what had happened.

“There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of Scripture,” NAACP President and CEO Cornell Brooks said in a statement Thursday. “Today I mourn as an AME minister, as a student and teacher of scripture, as well as a member of the NAACP.”

The church is a well-known landmark in Charleston, known as “The Holy City” because of its many houses of worship and denominations. The church traces its roots to 1816 when African-American members of the city’s Methodist Episcopal Church, led by a freed slave, broke away to form their own congregation. The church was burned to the ground in the 1820s, and rebuilt a decade later.

The campaign of GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush sent out an email saying that due to the shooting, the candidate had canceled an event planned in the city Thursday. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley issued a statement calling the shooting a “senseless tragedy.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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