Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Russell Pearce Blames Aurora Victims, Then Blames Gun Control, For Massacre | AlterNet

Russell Pearce Blames Aurora Victims, Then Blames Gun Control, For Massacre

Former Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce wrote a missive Saturday highlighting the collective failure of the victims of the Aurora, Colo. massacre to stop the shooter who left 12 people dead and nearly 60 wounded in a movie theater.

The outspoken conservative -- known for his ardent pro-gun and anti-illegal-immigration views -- later sought to clarify that he was merely blaming gun control laws.

Early Saturday morning, the former Republican lawmaker took to Facebook to mourn the victims. He then wondered why none were "[b]rave" enough to stop the atrocity.

"Where were the men of flight 93???? Someone should have stopped this man," he wrote. "...All that was needed is one Courages/Brave man prepared mentally or otherwise to stop this it could have been done."

Read Pearce's full post below:

After the Arizona Republic and the Phoenix New Times reported his remarks, Pearce wrote a follow-up post claiming the Arizona Republic of "mischaracteriz[ing]" him.

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