Another of former Senator Russell Pearce’s missives (and it feels so good to say “former”) made the rounds this weekend, and it doesn’t even involve bigotry.
Here he is with his solution to the shooting incident in Colorado, posted on Facebook only an hour or so after reports of the incident hit the news (yes, that means it was posted at one in the morning):
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 could have stopped this man. Someone should 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 lives or the lives of others, lives would have been saved. All that was needed was one Courages [sic]/Brave man prepared mentally or otherwise to stop this it could have been done. When seconds count, police are only minutes away.
Yep. If the victims were only more “courages” they wouldn’t have been killed. Oh, and the police are incompetent. We can always count on dear Russell for his sensitivity.
Of course, what Pearce is really doing here is pushing what has been a theme on the right over the last few days: if someone just had a gun, none of this would have happened.
Let’s see: the perpetrator was wearing a bulletproof vest and was armed with an AR-15, this took place in a dark and crowded theater, oh and don’t forget the tear gas. That certainly sounds like the sort of scenario where a marginally trained civilian can get a shot or two off and take down the bad guy.
By and large, I’m a supporter of gun rights and I come from a family of gun owners. I also know the difference between real life and an episode of Burn Notice.
This incident happened in a state with gun laws and culture much like Arizona. Colorado has concealed carry, for example. Who is to say no one in the place had a weapon?
Also, remember January 8th here. I don’t know if she was carrying that morning, but Gabrielle Giffords held a concealed carry permit. People in the crowd were armed. Reports of that incident said that the man that disarmed the shooter almost got shot by another civilian who saw a guy holding a gun and made assumptions. And that happened in broad daylight.
I guess Pearce had to blame the incident on a lack of gun ownership (in Colorado?) once he found out he couldn’t blame Mexican immigrants.
By the way: this weekend Jon Kyl endorsed Pearce’s primary opponent, Bob Worsley. Worsley managed to get the endorsement of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce a few weeks ago. It just goes to show that the Republican karmazyn are done with this guy. Wow, and it only took him being out of power to do it. Talk about “courages”…