The most chilling part of the horror inflicted by the gunman in the AME church in Charleston is that he worshiped with the congregation for an hour before shooting nine of them dead. Was he trying to work up the courage? Was he savoring the moment to come? Whatever it was, that one hour he spent among them just underscores the absolulte evil he took into that church. Is this a clue?
The man who shot and killed nine parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, told police that he "almost didn't go through with it because everyone was so nice to him," sources told NBC News.
And yet Dylann Roof decided he had to "go through with his mission."
I'm not sure how much stock to put in that report. Who are those sources who would know what he had been thinking? And could somebody who believed African-Americans were "taking over the country" really be swayed just because a few of them were so nice to him?
Wasn't it thoughtful and decent of everybody to let the survivors grieve awhile instead of having to listen immediately to all the gun control/mental illness/ loss of traditional values bloviating?