Fire NRA Board Member Accused of Blaming Shooting Deaths on Dead Pastor

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Target: National Rifle Association President Jim Porter

Goal: Fire NRA board member for allegedly blaming the deaths of eight church members on their slain pastor in the recent Charleston shootings.

Charles L. Cotton is an NRA board member who also reportedly leads an online discussion about gun rights. A commentator on the thread wrote that one of the nine people who was murdered at a South Carolina Church was the church’s pastor, Clementa Pinkey, who was also a state legislator. Cotton reportedly responded that Pinkney could have saved himself and his congregation members from being victims of the brutal hate crime by writing, “And he voted against concealed-carry. Eight of his church members who might have been alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead. Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.”

It is extremely inappropriate and saddening that Cotton would try to capitalize on a hate crime to highlight the NRA’s agenda. To make a tragedy in which the goal was to kill as many black people as possible into a political issue is sickening and it would be unjust for Cotton to go unpunished. Furthermore, Cotton is implying that the death of the victims was Pinkey’s fault.

Sign this petition to show your support for the victims of the Charleston shooting and to stand up against a man who does not care for the lives that were lost but only for his political agenda.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear NRA President Jim Porter,

I am writing this letter to you to urge you to fire a NRA board member, Charles Cotton. In wake of the recent hate crime in Charleston, South Carolina, which resulted in the death of nine black people praying inside a church, Cotton allegedly made extremely inappropriate comments on his internet forum. Cotton reportedly wrote that Pinkney could have saved himself and his congregation members from being victims of the brutal hate crime by writing, “And he voted against concealed-carry. Eight of his church members who might have been alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead. Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.”

It is saddening that Cotton would take advantage of this tragedy to spin the issue into a political one as well as making it into an opportunity to further the political agenda of your association and his own beliefs. His words also seems to place blame on Pinkney for the deaths of the victims while fully knowing that this could not be further from the truth. His actions are tasteless, and ultimately, shows a lack of respect for the sanctity of human life.

I hope you take appropriate measures by firing Charles Cotton. A man who makes such accusations should not maintain his position.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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