Clashing Cultures in the Heartland
As many on the left label right to life advocates extremeist and dangerous following the murder of Dr Tiller, Melvin Bledsoe of Memphis refuses to speak.
Mr Bledsoe is a victim as well as the other families whose loved ones were killed or wounded in Monday's attack at a military recruiting center in Little Rock. His son Carlos Bledsoe 23, told police he recently watched a video "pertaining to subversive activities which spurred him to commit this act," according to court documents. The suspect was a convert to Islam and changed his name to Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad. He was on an FBI watch list after a trip to Yemen.
He entetred a plea of not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday and was ordered held without bail while facing one count of capital murder and 16 counts of engaging in a terrorist act. Prior to his not guilty plea, authorities said Muhammad waived his Miranda rights after the shooting Monday and gave a video confession indicating that "political and religious" motives were involved. He "stated he was a practicing Muslim ... that he was mad at the U.S. military because of what they had done to Muslims in the past". When arrested, officers who searched his car found more than 100 rounds of ammunition, an SKS assault rifle, two pistols, and two military books. The ammunition was loaded in magazines which were found in a vest. AP reports indicate he had maps to Jewish organizations, a child care center, a Baptist church, a post office and military recruiting centers in the southeastern U.S. and New York and Philadelphia.
The shootings Monday killed Pvt. William Long, 23, of Conway, and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, leaves many in the heartland nervous and wondering if this is was simply a random act or something sinister. Many on the left want to ignore it and their silence is deafening.
Pvt Long's Father Daris, a former Marine,
granted an interview to KATV:
CNN video is from court Tuesday:
Pray for these families who now will never be the same.
I pray as 'Commander in Chief' President Obama will condemn this crime as he did with Dr Tiller's.