Charleston church shooter’s death sentence upheld in North Carolina

A federal court upheld the charges and death sentencing of Dylann Roof, the mass shooter who killed nine worshippers at a Charleston, North Carolina church in 2015.

“No cold record or careful parsing of statutes and precedents can capture the full horror of what Roof did. His crimes qualify him for the harshest penalty that a just society can impose,” suggested the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2015, The horrific attack on Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church killed black churchgoers, which was evidently the shooter’s intent.

Roof’s racist motives were outlined in his manifesto, written while he planned the attack for months, and according to prosecutors he purchases a .45-caliber Glock pistol with 88 rounds, representing a numerical sign for “Heil Hitler.” 

Roof’s attack initiated North Carolina Representative Jim Clyburn’s Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 which permits the FBI more time to carry out background checks by extending the waiting period from 3 to 10 days.

The legislation closes the net on the Charleston Loop which was the nickname given after Roof was able to obtain a gun and carry out his attack. Clyburn said that he gets a “little emotional when I think about the Charleston loophole because there’s nothing more sacred in the lives of most people than their church.”

He went on to say that Roof “should not have had the gun and the reason he had the gun is because when he went to purchase it and the three days expired…. this law would have prevented {Roof} from getting a gun.”




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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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