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Michael Reagan: Charleston Killings Being Politicized

By    |   Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 11:25 PM

The "demonic" shootings of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.,
can't be blamed on a lack of gun control — and President Barack Obama's assertion to the contrary is an attempt to politicize the tragedy, commentator Michael Reagan tells Newsmax TV.

In a panel discussion led by "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth, the son of President Ronald Reagan said the bloodshed illustrates that "we have to start healing the soul of America."

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"I remember the day my father was shot very well," Reagan said. "I remember Mike Loody, who was the agent-in-charge of my detail, and I asked Michael … 'How in the world does this happen? With all these Secret Service agents around my father, all this protection around him, how does somebody like [John] Hinckley get through it to shoot my father?'

"And he said this: 'Michael, we train as you know 24/7 to protect … the president of the United States, yourself, and your family, but there's one thing we'll never be able to protect, and that's against the crazies, because they're crazy.' And that's exactly what happened last night in Charleston… It's very hard to protect yourself against them and no amount of gun control is going to stop it."

Reagan agreed Obama's emphasis on gun control in the wake of the shootings is an attempt to politicize the tragedy, but added the fear generated by shootings like that in Charleston reveals "the soul of America."

"There's always going to be people who are not going to like certain groups of people based on race, ethnicity, and all those things," he said. "But we have to start healing the soul of America. Until we do that, we're going to find out or hear about more of these instances happening and that's what's sad…. The goodness of America has been threatened for a long time."

Pastor Joe Green of the Antioch Assembly called the shootings "demonic because of who he targeted."

"You know he definitely was an unbalanced individual, crazy is a good term to use for him, and it's really sad because when you think about the overall thing of how wicked and evil this act was is that it used the very God-like nature of that congregation and that pastor who would allow anyone to come into their congregation," Green said.

"So for him to use that against them is truly demonic and wicked and I agree with Mr. Reagan that it does take a change of the soul and a change of the heart, which is what the message of the Gospel is about in a nutshell."

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The "demonic" shootings of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., can't be blamed on a lack of gun control - and President Barack Obama's assertion to the contrary is an attempt to politicize the tragedy, commentator Michael Reagan tells Newsmax TV.
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