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After the capture of the Charleston gunman, who killed 9 people at a prayer meeting, President Obama decided to use his remarks on the Charleston church shooting to politicize the tragedy and push his anti-gun agenda. He could not even let the families bury their loved ones before he politicized their deaths.

It is time we talk about peace, healing and advancing those objectives. We cannot let this tragedy and others divide us any longer.

We are a nation that needs to remember we are all Americans, and we must stop dividing ourselves.

Presidential Candidate Ben Carson has a different perspective than President Obama, and I believe you must hear it.

In a statement released by Ben Carson’s presidential campaign, which I read in the Daily Caller, the former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon said:

The tragic shootings in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday are a manifestation of the evil that has gripped our society. Many of us have allowed the purveyors of hatred and division to create conflict between the races, the genders, religious groups, age groups and income groups. The Bible says that a house divided against itself cannot stand. With external jihadist forces trying to destroy us, why would we aid them by engaging in self-destructive behaviors stimulated by hate?

We must remember that we are a pluralistic society with many components and many beliefs. If we are to live together peacefully and with prosperity, we must learn the true meaning of tolerance, and that it goes in both directions.

I join with millions of Americans in praying for comfort for the families who lost loved ones in that tragedy. Someone close to me lost relatives last night in that tragedy. We all lose when senseless tragedies like this remove vibrant lives from our midst. May God give us the ability to rise above hatred and join hands and recognize that our strength is in our unity and love heals all wounds.

The statements from President Obama and Presidential candidate Ben Carson are very different.

Which one do you choose to follow?

Let’s discuss this today on my show The Live with Renk  show, which airs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, to let me know your thoughts at (269) 441-9595.

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