Charleston Murders a World Away?


Photo Charlotte Observer

I want to say a few words about the evil shooting in Charleston USA today. Race hate and gun crime in America seems to dominate our TV screens. But we all take solace in that this atrocity is not here! Guns are too easy to get hold of in the States, and then add that to the racism displayed. It makes you despair.


Yet it isn’t that far away, a friend of mine has lost three relatives in this abhorrent shooting. I have sent her my deepest sympathy and I am sure residents of Wednesfield will also feel the shock that is now sweeping the World.

When I was in touch with my friend this morning, the news had only just starting to percolate out of Charleston. I expressed my view then to her that guns were too easy to get hold of in the States.

At that time she was unaware that the shooting was reaching inside her own family. Though my friend expressed concerns that she had family in the city. Just at the time  we were just expressing opinions.

Now tonight I find that she has lost three of her own family members in that grotesque murder.

This is what she said this morning before the information drifted across the World of the Charleston outrage.

She said ”don’t know what the hell is in the water now a days but there seems to be an extreme amount of psychos out there.” She went onto comment “The money that they spend to buy a gun and go murder someone you think they would use to help someone. This just goes to show you how are the great for people off for the life liberty and skin they were born into….. Being a mother is psychotic asshole has nothing to do with religion or even race excetra but everything to do with not being a person who has any type of common sense or understanding that people are different and should be allowed to enjoy their differences! It doesn’t matter what part of the world you come from we are all living beings.

I have expressed Mary and my own deepest sympathy and condolences to my friend and her family.

I am sure that Wednesfield will join me in saying that if any good comes out of this diabolical murder, it is that America wakes up to the dangers of guns and really does something about the ease of which you can become the owner of one. Tackles the race hatred that seems to be polarising, and that their Politicians work even harder to deliver a better life for all their citizens, regardless of their colour creed or religion.

The painful actions of that young man today, has unleashed all sorts of emotions across the World. My thoughts tonight are with my friend and her family, and with all those families that have lost sweet, innocent lives.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *