On Friday President Obama will deliver the eulogy for pastor and State Senator Clementa Pinckney, one of 9 shot last week during a racially motivated attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest of its kind in the nation. Obama first met the reverend in Charleston while on the campaign trail in 2008. First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner and more are will also be in attendance.
Biden shared his own thoughts about Pinckney explaining that he was “A man of faith, a man of service who carried forward Mother Emanuel’s legacy as a sacred place promoting freedom, equality, and justice for all.”
Shooter Dylan Roof remains in custody after a brief manhunt that ended in North Carolina after resident Debbie Dills recognized Roof driving by. On his car was a “Confederate States of America” bumper sticker, which has ignited a national debate regarding the confederate flag. Mitt Romney and S.C. governor Nikki Haley have called for its removal from the state capital. Meanwhile Wal-mart, Amazon, Kmart, Sears and eBay have all announced that they will no longer sell them, ironically causing a surge in sales as some people rush to “stock up.”
Obama has again advised that gun control needs to be revisited. Speaking during a fundraiser over the weekend he explained, “This stuff happens way too often.” He added, “We’ve got to change that. It’s not enough for us to express sympathy. We have to take action.”