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Russell Pearce Blames Victims for Dark Knight Massacre (w/Update)

See also: Russell Pearce's Racism "Discovered" by Arizona's Media See also: Russell Pearce's Mexican-Bashing E-mails Slammed By Randy Parraz, Others

Recalled, disgraced ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce's heart, or what little there is of it, goes out to the victims of the Dark Knight Rises shootings in Aurora, Colorado.

But pro-gun Pearce is careful to point out that these folks' injuries, fatal and otherwise, are really their own dang fault.

See, a dozen didn't die and 58 weren't wounded because some heavily armed nut decided to turn mass murderer on Friday. Rather, the massacre occurred because, according to Pearce, no one had a gun so they could stand up and play John Wayne.

Yesterday, Pearce posted the commentary above to his FaceBook page, after supposedly speaking with a friend whose niece was in the theater during the slaughter. One of the niece's friends was shot.

The right-wing Republican then uses the tragedy to score some pro-NRA debate points, or so he believes.

"What a heart breaking story," writes Pearce. "Had someone been prepared and armed they could have stopped this `bad' man from most of this tragedy. He was two and three feet away from folks, I understand he had to stop and reload. Where were the men of flight 93???? Someone should have stopped this man. Someone could have stopped this man.

"Lives were lost because of a bad man, not because he had a weapon, but because noone [sic] was prepared to stop it. Had they been prepared to save their lives or lives of others, lives would have been saved. All that was needed is one Courages/Brave [sic] man prepared mentally or otherwise to stop this it could have been done."

That's some interesting logic coming from a guy known for his association with neo-Nazi, baby-murderer J.T. Ready and for forwarding racist and anti-Semitic e-mails to all and sundry.

Pearce apparently presumes that if we all were to walk around armed all of the time -- in the workplace, in the movies, in the shower, you name it -- then such mass slayings would never happen.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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