• Obama Pushes Gun Control, Condemns Confederate Flag During Eulogy

    President Obama condemned the Confederate flag as well as gun violence during his eulogy to Rev. Clementa Pinckney Friday.

    Obama characterized the flag’s removal as an act of grace.

    “By taking down that flag we express God’s grace,” he said.

    He praised Governor Nikki Haley (R) for taking his position on the Confederate flag and calling for its removal from the South Carolina Capitol grounds in the wake of the Charleston attack.

    “For too long we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens,” he said. “Removing the flag from this state’s capital would not be an act of political correctness. It would not an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought, the cause of slavery, was wrong.”

    He said that the flag’s removal was only the beginning of the commitment Americans needed to take to make the world a better place.

    “By taking down that flag we express God’s grace,” he said. “But I don’t think God wants us to stop there.”

    Obama then used the eulogy to call for more gun control laws

    “For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation,” he said,

    Multiple shootings, he said in reference the heinous attacks on Sandy Hook Elementary and the Aurora movie theater, opened the eyes of Americans who were perhaps more willing to search their hearts to support changes to gun laws.

    “The majority of Americans, the majority of gun owners want to do something about this, we see that now,” Obama said, describing it as a “moral choice” that would “express God’s grace.

    “I’m convinced by acknowledging the pain and loss of others, even as we respect the traditions and the ways of life” that make up this country, “by making the moral choice to change, we express God’s grace,” he said.

    He concluded the eulogy by leading the congregation in “Amazing Grace.”

    After repeating those words, “Amazing Grace,” several times, the president paused before launching into the song as the mourners joined him.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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