1. Blame the Victims For the Shooting
Former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, has criticized the victims of the shooting for failing to stop the attack.
This seems equivalent to saying that a woman “deserved” to be raped because of her clothing and appearance.
As Care2 blogger Jeff Fecke wrote,
Pearce referenced the September 11, 2001 downing of United Flight 93, a hijacked plane which was brought down due to the actions of passengers, at the cost of their lives. “Where were the men of flight 93????” Pearce asked. “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 no one was prepared to stop it.”
Pearce added, “All that was needed is one Courages/Brave [sic] man prepared mentally or otherwise to stop this it could have been done.”
The assailant, James Holmes, used tear gas to disable and disorient his victims, and was wearing full body armor during his attack.
Besides the victims and survivors themselves, Pearce has someone, or rather something, else to blame for the attacks.
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