Charleston, from afar.
1) President Obama: "I've had to make statements like this too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times ... once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun."
2) Jon Stewart: "Nine people were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them ... who wanted to start some kind of civil war. The confederate flag flies over South Carolina and the roads are named for confederate generals – and the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him."
3) From the Economist: "Those who live in America, or visit it, might do best to regard them the way one regards air pollution in China: an endemic local health hazard which, for deep-rooted cultural, social, economic and political reasons, the country is incapable of addressing. This may, however, be a bit unfair. China seems to be making progress on pollution."
4) From the PG opinion page: "The suffering and death unleashed by the shooter were horrifying enough, but an assault as vile as this is all the more egregious when victims are targeted because of race."
5) And, finally, the reaction of Charles Cotton, a board member of the National Rifle Association: "Innocent people died because of (Clementa Pinckney's) position on a political issue."