It’s been a week since 9 people were brutally murdered inside of a Charleston church due to what turned out to be a racially motivated attack. Now South Carolina State Rep Bill Chumley is under fire after essentially questioning why the group, who were attending bible study, hadn’t tried to stop shooter Dylan Roof during the attack, pushing gun control back into the forefront. While President Obama has called for an examination of our current gun laws, others like Chumley have suggested that the tragedy may have been prevented if those inside of the church had been armed.
According to Chumley, “These people sit in there and waited their turn to be shot,” Chumley said. “That’s sad…that somebody in there with the means of self-defense could have stopped this. And we’d have less funerals than we’re having.”
Unsure of whether he had heard correctly, CNN’s own Drew Griffin attempted to clarify Chumley’s remarks, asking “I want to make sure I understand what you are telling me,” Griffin said. “Are you asking that these people should have tackled him, these women should have fought him?”
“I don’t know what the answer was. I know it’s really horrible for nine people to be shot. And I understand he reloaded his gun during in the process. That’s upsetting,” said Chumley.