Ex-legislator apologizes for post on shooting

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Posted: Jul 24, 2012 3:20 PM
Ex-legislator apologizes for post on shooting

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A former Arizona legislator known for sponsoring the state's anti-illegal immigration law is apologizing for comments he made about the Colorado movie theater shooting that some interpreted as an attack on the victims.

Former state Sen. Russell Pearce said Friday on Facebook the shooting was heartbreaking and that lives were lost because nobody acted to stop the shooting that left 12 people dead and dozens wounded.

Pearce apologized on Monday.

His latest Facebook post says he wrote his original post while concerned about the fate of a young woman who was at the theater and that he's since been moved to learn of what he called "great acts of courage" in the theater.