And, the Republican governor said, the “time right now is not right for South Carolina” to be having the gun control debate.
People want something to blame for the shootings that claimed nine lives at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church this week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Friday, but the truth is “there’s a very evil kid out there that we need to blame.”
“Now we want to start the healing process,” Haley told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” in response to a question about President Barack Obama’s statement Thursday on gun violence in connection with the killings.
Later, Haley appeared on the “Today” show where she called for alleged shooter Dylann Roof to get the maximum punishment.
“We will absolutely want him to have the death penalty,” Haley NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on “Today.” Roof was the only person to blame, she said, “a person filled with hate.”
“Once we get through healing process,” she said, “I know there will be a lot of conversation.”
On Thursday, gun-rights groups slammed Obama’s call for a national reckoning on gun violence, when he commented that “this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
Haley, though, told Fox that “apparently he’s got a job to do, but my job is that there are nine families who are incredibly hurt. There is an Emanuel church family that’s beside themselves.”