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South Carolina Representative: Debate Should Be Over Guns Not Confederate Flag

South Carolina state Rep. Bill Chumley (R) told CNN that the debate over the shooting of the nine victims of a shooting in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina should be focused on guns not the Confederate flag. He said of the incident that the nine victims "waited their turn to be shot." Chumley was defending the use of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina capitol grounds blaming "misuse and miseducation of the flag" for the debate over its use. He went on to say "These people sat in there and waited their turn to be shot. That's sad. Somebody in there with a means of self-defense could've stopped this."

He also argued that the victims "waited" because the shooter "reloaded his gun in the process." He added "Why didn't somebody just do something? You've got one skinny person shooting a gun. We need to do what we can." On June 17, six women and three men died in the shooting. Witnesses said 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders, the youngest shooting victim, died trying to protect his 87-year-old great aunt, Susie Jackson. On Wednesday, Chumley issued a statement apologizing for his remarks:

"My view, which I was clumsily trying to express, was that it is painfully regrettable that someone was not able to intervene in this demented killer’s life to stop him. The responsibility for the despicable murders in Charleston rests solely on the murderer. If any of my remarks suggested differently, I am deeply sorry.

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