NRA PAC Endorses Russell Pearce Despite His Blame-the-Victims Remarks on Aurora Massacre
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In a major political gaffe that's sure to resonate across the nation, the National Rifle Association's political action committee has endorsed recalled, disgraced ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce, giving him an "A+" rating, despite his outrageous blame-the-victim comments following the July 20, massacre in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater.
The endorsement is listed on the website for the NRA's Political Victory Fund, the powerful pro-gun lobby's PAC, and includes a link to Pearce's campaign site. Pearce is listed along with several other legislative hopefuls and incumbents who have received ratings and endorsements from the group.
The NRA's seal of approval
Pearce is a longtime gun-rights advocate, who has backed legislation allowing owners to carry guns concealed without a permit, and letting pistol-packers legally have their guns with them in bars that do not display signs indicating firearms are verboten.
But Pearce drew near-universal ire for Facebook comments that came less than 24 hours after gunman James Holmes, wearing body armor and armed with an AR-15 rifle and other weapons, walked into a midnight showing of Dark Knight Rises, released smoke bombs and opened fire on the crowd.
The mass shooting left 58 injured and 12 dead, including a 6 year-old girl and the mother of two small children. Today, the Los Angeles Times reported that the mother of that 6 year-old, who was pregnant with another child, miscarried.