Russell Pearce comments on Colorado shooting, gun control

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce has caused a bit of a stir with his Facebook page.

Pearce addressed the recent shooting at a Colorado movie theater by suggesting that the attack might have been stopped, or at least reduced, if more people were carrying guns.

“Had someone been prepared and armed they could have stopped this ‘bad’ man from most of this tragedy,” Pearce wrote.

Pearce went on to remove the comments from his Facebook page and replaced them with a new statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and their families as they should,” Pearce wrote. “All I did was lament that so many people should be left disarmed and vulnerable by anti-gun rules that try to create a sense of safety by posting a sign that says ‘No Guns,’ when the only real effect is to disarm everyone who could have saved lives.”

Valley attorney Steven Adelman is an expert on venue safety and security at public facilities. He said having more people carry guns won’t necessarily make things safer.

“Even if everyone else who has their weapon and decides to unholster it is well intentioned and a good shot, the likelihood that a stray bullet would cause more mayhem is so high. That’s not a scenario I think anyone would want,” Adelman remarked.

Before being recalled, Pearce supported the right to carry a concealed weapon without a license. That right is now the law in Arizona.