Now, it must be admitted here that I haven't researched all of these potential Leader of the Free World's reactions to the killings, because there are currently more Republican candidates for President (15 to 18) than there are Americans employed by the average small business (5 to 9), but notable especially were those of the hereditary heir to the Republican throne, Jeb Bush, who said "I don't know what was on the mind or the heart of the man who committed these atrocious crimes," even though he claims all the time to know what is exactly on the minds of far more subtle personalities than the Charleston shooter, people like Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and any woman who wants to have an abortion, and Rick Perry, whom you remember from the last election, who spoke of the killings as an "accident."
Perry's spokesman, who can look forward to a busy, busy election season telling people what his boss really meant, promptly issued a statement saying it was obvious that Perry meant to say "incident." And, as if calling yet another mass murder perpetrated on peaceful, unarmed people by a gun-wielding lunatic a mere "incident" wasn't underselling it enough, Perry felt the need to add:
“These individuals have been medicated, and there may be a real issue in this country from the standpoint of these drugs and how they’re used,” he said. “The Veterans Administration for instance is handing out these opioids in massive amounts. And then people question well why can’t these young individuals get work, or why is the suicide rate so high.”
Actually, people were questioning why this young individual shot nine strangers to death just because they were black, but just to humor Perry, this column, always known for its unswerving dedication to painstaking research, Googled the terms "Charleston shooter" and "Dylann Roof" a couple of times before getting bored with it, but found no evidence that Roof was ever in the military or had been treated by the VA.
But I see the drug angle as a possible defense for Roof and boy, is he going to need one. The governor of South Carolina, who is apparently no above-average fan of due process, has already called for his execution, and hastening to electrocute one murderous yick-a-doo is an easy way for that state to prove that the weed of racism won't be tolerated if found blooming within its borders, despite the fact that the symbol of a lost war fought to preserve slavery flies over its statehouse. "Not a symbol of racism," say defenders of the South Carolina's fondness for Confederate flag display. "We just fly it because our real state flag is kind of ookey and Muslim-looking."
But back to Roof's defense. He can claim he was so high on drugs that he thought he was a white police officer. On the stand he'll say, "Suddenly, after praying for an hour, I realized I was surrounded by black people. Naturally I opened fire."
"It was self-defense."