O’Malley Blames ‘White Racism’ for Lax Gun Laws, Mocks Confederate Flag

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Martin O'Malley, Michael Busch

In his bid to lose the support of the South before he ever had it, presidential candidate Martin O’Malley linked anti-gun control sentiment to ‘white racism’ and mocked South Carolina’s continued use of the Confederate flag at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Sunday.

“One of the sad triumphs of white racism is the degree to which it has succeeded in subconsciously convincing so many of us, black and white, that somehow black lives don’t matter,” he said. “If the thousands of young men killed by gun violence every year across America were young, poor and white — rather than young, poor and black — it is hard to imagine that our Congress would continue to block common-sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

O’Malley’s comments were a propos of the fatal shooting of nine people at Charleston, South Carolina’s historically black Emmanuel A.M.E. Church on Wednesday.

O’Malley called the Confederate flag which flies next to Charleston’s Capitol building (and which he incorrectly placed “above” the building) “a terribly jarring and callous sign” in light of the massacre.

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  1. This latest speech seems so hypocritical. When I read this article, all I could think of was how O’Malley is using the victims of this most recent tragedy as an opportunity for self promotion and free press. Rather than listen to name calling and false accusations of who is to blame, I would like to hear more of what his plan is for this country. The focus of his campaign needs to be on problem solving and his economic policies rather than commenting on media hot button issues. And, if he truly believes that white people conjured up some sinister plan to hurt black people via gun laws, than I genuinely wonder if he is a rational, intelligent, and fair-minded person.

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