For his alleged role in the Charleston church shooting, 21-year old Dylann Storm Roof was charged with 9 counts of murder today during his first court hearing. Roof will face additional charges as the investigation continues. His motivation was to start a race war by committing a mass shooting in South Carolina at the historic, 200-year old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dylann Roof is alleged to have been planning this attack, which killed 9 Black worshipers at the church, for some 6 months. This is not the first time he has been in trouble with the law. Roof was arrested twice before in February and April for trespassing and peculiar behavior at a local shopping mall. When arrested in February, he was in possession of the drug Suboxone, also known as Subutex, which has been linked to other acts of violence.

Naturally, Barack Obama addressed the nation and is blaming the crime on the Second Amendment. Other Liberal pundits are also using this to call for stricter gun laws. Obama also mentioned how no other ′advanced countries′ has this sort of mass violence. Post-apartheid South Africa, for example, has a murder rate about 7 times higher than America does. So, too, does Brazil. Mexico has a murder rate more than 4 times that of the USA. Russia is about twice that of ours. We have almost the same murder rate as Estonia, where private gun ownership is a fraction of ours, about 15% if that by comparison. India is only about 75% safer. Add to that the fact that FBI statistics show that there has not been an increase in so-called ′mass shootings′ and that gun violence, in general, has been declining. That is, except in cities where gun control is harshly practiced. Odd that Obama did not make a similar speech a few weeks ago when some 52 people died in one weekend from Black-on-Black gun violence.

There is no argument that there is a racial component with this shooting. Roof is alleged to have told several others at the church whom he did not shoot that he committed this act in response to other shootings recently which were linked to race. On his social media pages, a picture of Roof shows him wearing a jacket with the flags of Rhodesia and South Africa, the old apartheid flag. Given his name, I would guess that he is of Dutch-Boer extraction. I am curious as to whether or not he does indeed have a family connection with Afrikaner Boers? Given what has been going on recently in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and South Africa, with Boer farmers being murdered and their property seized, Roof′s actions may not be limited to just what is happening in America. It may also shed light on whether he was raised to be a racist by his father, or if Dylann became one all on his own?

So here we are about 72 hours after the Charleston shooting and Dylann Storm Roof has been charged with 9 counts of murder. Police arrested him in North Carolina after a tip from a woman who recognized Roof after watching ′Fox & Friends′ on the Fox News Channel. There is much we still do not know, but if reports are true, then Roof is a very disturbed person. He allegedly has been plotting an attack for some 6 months. My guess is that he was casing out a shopping mall, first. But, after being arrested by police twice there, he switched targets to that of a church. If reports of what happened during the shooting, that Roof used a .45 caliber pistol and reloaded it several times, then it is too bad that nobody at the church had a legal gun handy. The lesson from this tragedy, as with many others, is that the police cannot be everywhere, all of the time. Only you can defend yourself 24/7.