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Perhaps we’re missing the message

The tragic shooting in Charleston impacts our nation at several levels. To me, the most significant was the reaction of the families who lost their loved ones. In just two days after their loss, they stood before the shooter, confronting him with a message of forgiveness and redemption. 
It’s a message that brings unity in troubled times; a message that brings us together.  
It’s a message lost in the punditry of politicians just wanting to “do something.”
As often happens, politicians and pundits wondered why we couldn’t pass more gun control. One senator wished for any law able to get 60 votes in the Senate. This imprecise message filled the airwaves, while advocates admitted they did not know all the facts, and without mentioning that legislation from another shooting, Sandy Hook, did nothing that would have stopped this tragedy.
Some gun laws actually inhibit our ability to stop or prevent these tragedies while the number of lives saved by defensive use of legal guns is significant. South Carolina’s strict gun control laws forbid guns from being taken into places of worship. This makes the church congregants defenseless, unprotected against a shooter.   
Further, studies have shown laws banning weapons have no real effect. 
So, how did this shooter get a gun? Where did our system break down?
Either because his record didn’t warrant putting his name in the gun database or someone didn’t enter it, and/or people who interacted with him didn’t report his radical behavior and stated intentions to law enforcement — all are possible reasons for Dylan Roof to have received a weapon. 
Regardless, what law could have prevented this? Barring the forced confiscation of all guns, including from gangs in the inner cities, it could accomplish nothing.   
The urge to do something moved many to attack the battle flag of the army of Northern Virginia. The shooter held this flag in a picture and wrote a racist rant, so the flag must go. 
While this is something that should happen in the context of governmental displays, I wonder if we are moving a bit fast.  
The speed of which this purging of the flag happened is mind boggling. Within the same day, we were hearing that monuments of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington (who owned slaves) and to those who fought for the South should be considered racist. It seemed historic national parks, businesses and states were clamoring to see who could remove the largest number of symbols first. 
All this because one mentally warped person held the Confederate flag in a picture before killing innocent people. (NOTE: He was also seen holding a burning American flag in another picture.)   
Rather than worrying about flags, the focus should be on what he was taught at home and in school, what he was reading online, and who he was interacting with.  
I consider revising, ignoring or sterilizing our nation’s history one way or another as troublesome. America is a great country with a unique, imperfect yet wonderful history that, overall, changed the world for the better. Let’s not go too far and remove from that history the challenges we faced and were able to overcome.  
Let’s think about the forgiving mindset of those who lost loved ones in Charleston. Let’s keep this country “one nation under God.”