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From Brian Thomas:

The deli co-owner who tweeted that he was relieved to find out the shooting in Las Vegas was “white people shooting white people,” which he called “community outreach,” is backing down in the face of public outrage.

People said some crazy things after the Vegas shooting. CBS fired Hayley Geftman-Gold, their vice president and senior counsel, for saying she’s “not even sympathetic” to victims since “country music fans often are Republican.”

A teacher seemed to delight in the massacre, noting “Lots of white trump supporters in Las Vegas at route 21 watching Jason aldean. Pray only trumptards die!”

And now Greg Morelli, an Illinois deli owner, tweeted “Soon as I heard it was country music, I felt relief. White people shooting White people isn’t terror… it’s community outreach. #LasVegas”

The man’s remarks are beyond abhorrent. He said he was relieved to discover that the victims were at a country music festival. In his sick head, it was “community outreach” if the victims were white.

It’s not the first time his deli has attracted controversy.  Just a few weeks ago, the deli’s Facebook page featured a cartoon Nazi giving an arm salute wearing a T-shirt reading, “I’m with Alt-Right.”

Greg Morelli tweet

He made a pathetic excuse for the tweet after it went viral. Now that what he said is all over the internet, his business is in trouble, and he’s trying to salvage his ruined reputation.

Morelli has issued an “apology” for the tweet. “As a white guy, I was relieved that it wasn’t across race lines, or religion lines or (an attack) from outside the country,” he said. “When I heard the news, I said, Please God, don’t let it be.”

Morelli actually tried to claim he was relieved to hear the shooting wasn’t war. As if it’s rational to therefore say that killing white people is “community service.”

Morelli’s comment come as no surprise considering his “usual” tweets.

Clearly, bizarre tweets are his specialty.

Below is Morelli’s full “apology” from his Facebook page. Will it be enough to save his business?

MASS APOLOGY

I’m sorry. The words I chose hurt people. I apologize.

Name: Greg Morelli
Born: 1967

Roles: Son, Brother, Citizen In Crisis

We live in a time of mass shootings. This is my mass apology.

The thoughts have not worked. The prayers have not worked. What lead me to think Twitter was a good idea is beyond me. I simply do not know what to do about the shootings. Truly, I’m lost!

I own the words I wrote. They hurt people. I apologize.

Some have suggested I take them down. I don’t know if you can. Once it’s out there, it’s out there. But I’ll try.

There. I just took them down. Let’s see if it’s a step in the right direction.

For those who called, who think I’m advocating Gun Control, I’m sorry. I have no answers. Only questions. I do not want to take your guns. It’s up to you to decide what to do with your guns.

I simply do not know what to do about these mass shootings. I’m sorry.

For those who called, threatening my life, I’m sorry. Maybe this is my time. I’m going to try and make this right. But maybe I can’t. So maybe this is my time.

We’re all called. Maybe I’m being called. And not just by angry callers. Maybe I’m being called by something higher. We’ll see.

God Help Me!

Sorry to my staff, who took too many threatening phone calls, got scared and closed early. Sorry to my mom, who read all the comments, took them to heart and fears for my life. I let you down, Mom.

Sorry to my brother. I don’t know what else to say.

I apologize.

I have no appetite, as you can probably imagine. But if I did, I’d make myself a bowl of oatmeal with bananas, blueberries, strawberries and a little bit of milk. I’m drinking coffee, black.

I love music. All music. I believe in the power of dancing to heal a broken heart. In the country music genre, I love Johnny Cash. I love the honesty he brings to his songs. In the rock genre, I love Perry Ferrell, not only for the earthquake of Jane’s Addiction, but Lollapalooza, a music carnival responsible for lifting more artists than I can name. In the genre of life, I love Stevie Wonder. Songs In The Key Of Life re-set the emotional space where music and heart co-exist.

I’m sorry, to all of the artists I named. I hope by association I didn’t bring you down. To those I hurt, I’m sorry. To those who died in Las Vegas, who died in Sandy Hook, who died in Virginia Tech, who died in Fort Hood, who died in Columbine, I’m sorry. I have no answers. I wish I did. I can’t even find the words.

I tried to participate. But all I did is put my foot in my mouth. These mass shootings have me freaked out.

I’m sorry.

#RegularsOfMaxsDei#LasVegasShootinghttp://maxs-deli.com/

The closest Morelli comes to actually admitting he was wrong is saying he put his foot in his mouth. I’m not sure about his definition of putting his foot in his mouth, but to me that means saying something mildly thoughtless or awkward. Saying murder is community service is significantly more serious.

Apologizing after saying what Morelli said is pretty worthless in its own right. As with most cases where someone comes out to “apologize” only after money’s at stake, excuses aren’t enough.

If he truly regrets saying what he said, saying “these mass shootings have me freaked out” doesn’t excuse him.

What he needs to do is admit he was wrong.

H/T: Chicago Tribune