Former Confederate Capital Voting to Ban Confederate Flag

Danville, Virginia, was the capital of the Confederacy for eight days in April 1865, a fact Danville residents may put behind them on August 6 when the City Council convenes to consider banning Confederate flags from all of its city-owned flagpoles.

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Claim: Walmart Background Checks Exceed Federal Requirements

Federal law allows gun dealers to sell a gun once a background check is passed or after a three-day extended check fails to turn up the information necessary to resolve a “delay” from the system. It was in the latter scenario that alleged Charleston shooter Dylann Roof was able to purchase his gun.

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Black Democrat Texas Mayor not Buying into Confederate Flag Frenzy

Democrat Mayor Ivy Taylor, San Antonio’s first black and female mayor, is not buying into the Confederate flag frenzy. Other liberal politicians in the birthplace of Texas freedom and liberty push to jump onto the national bandwagon to eradicate Confederate historical sites and symbols from the Lone Star State’s past.

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NYT Excuses FBI’s ‘Mistake’ in Dylann Roof’s Gun Background Check

On June 10, USA Today quoted FBI director James Comey saying an FBI “mistake” allowed Dylann Roof to pass a background check for the .45 caliber handgun he allegedly used to attack innocents at Charleston’s Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The New York Times excused this “mistake,” positing instead that Roof passed the background check because of a system “flaw.”

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The Confederate Flag and a Proxy War on History

On June 17, reports emerged that Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Roof obtained his gun “legally,” so calls for gun control have largely fallen on deaf ears. But a photo of Roof posing with a Confederate battle flag has managed to become the impetus for a cause célèbre to banish the Confederate battle flag from public view.

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Charleston Forgiveness Was Christian, Not Racial

For those without faith, Michael Wear acknowledges, this may make little sense, especially for those who have never personally experienced the forgiveness of God. “But that does not grant us the right to whitewash the motivation for the forgiveness we witnessed in Charleston,” he said. We need to “take the family members seriously when they say it is a sincere, thought-out expression of their faith,” he wrote.

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