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Prayer vigil brings healing, action for NC congressman

Posted June 30, 2015

— Tuesday’s prayer vigil at Church of God of Deliverance in Rocky Mount was more than a gathering hosted by U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D – NC).

It was also a call to action.

Butterfield said he plans to introduce legislation punishing anyone who gives a gun to someone who then uses it in a crime.

“There must be civil liability as well as criminal liability for anyone who does that,” he said.

The proposed legislation was inspired by a June 17 church shooting in Charleston, S.C. where nine people were killed. Prayers for Emanuel AME Church, where the shootings took place, and for "reconciliation and social justice" were given during the vigil.

The accused shooter, Dylann Storm Roof, 21, has been seen in pictures embracing the Confederate flag, a symbol that in recent weeks has been shunned by major retailers and a number of southern governors.

Butterfield said the flag represents a turbulent past for African-Americans.

“We have not completely rid ourselves of past acts of bigotry and racism,” he said.

The flag has recently gained attention in Rocky Mount, from one resident surrounding his home with them to a convoy of vehicles parading the flag through parts of Nash County.

Dominic Staton, who attended the vigil, said recent events have highlighted the difference in opinion for many in the area.

"We still respect one another and realize not everyone is on the same level of understanding," he said. “Will it be done, I can’t say. But we are capable of it.”


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  • James Jones Jul 1, 2015
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    Keep it up Butterfinger you will eventually become as educated as your supporters.

  • Albert Holmes Jul 1, 2015
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    Why do politicians come to churches and make speeches about the laws and what needs to be done? What happened to the state and church seperation. We can't pray at government meetings but they can make speeches at churches. Sounds like a double standard to me. He is nothing but a instigator for trouble.

  • Jim Buchanan Jul 1, 2015
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    Butterfield spoke before he thought on this one. You cannot hold a person liable for selling something to another person. If so, the next person that hits me in a car, I will sue the previous owner as well! The next cook that feeds me food that makes me sick, I will sue the manufacturer, the store that sold him the cooking equipment, and sue the store that sold him the food too!

    Stop and think for once...Butter"Fingers!"