Ex-legislator apologizes for post on shooting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- A former Arizona legislator is apologizing for saying somebody in the Aurora, Colo., theater should been armed and prepared to stop the shooter.

Former state Sen. Russell Pearce said Friday on Facebook the shooting was heartbreaking and that lives were lost because nobody acted to stop the shooting that left 12 people dead and dozens wounded.

His comments drew criticism, and Pearce apologized Monday.

His latest Facebook post says he wrote his original post while concerned about the fate of a young woman who was at the theater and that he's since been moved to learn of what he called "great acts of courage" in the theater.

He says it is far too early for discussion about preventing such attacks.

Pearce is known nationally for sponsoring Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law.


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  • by Luke Location: GJ on Jul 24, 2012 at 08:42 PM
    Mass killers are nothing but cowards, they only pick gun free zones to do their dirty work, then the anti-gun people do their dirty work, ever make you wonder if there is a connection between the two?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
    only the criminals carry guns in these places where they are illegal for good citizens to have.
  • by Seen this? on Jul 24, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    Susan Gratia Hupp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1u0Byq5Qis
  • by Say What! on Jul 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM
    What a moron! Must be a Republican, you can tell by the lack of a spine. He was right, too bad he didn't have the guts to back it up. Old Harry Truman was right, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
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      by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM in reply to Say What!
      You are right a typical politician who bends the way the wind blows. His initial statement was right on the money. If all in the audience were armed, there would have been fewer deaths. More guns less crime is what the FBI statistics always show. We should band all killing zones and make carrying guns legal in all venues.
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