A Colorado Republican running for county commissioner believes the shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax generated by gun control advocates.
Tom Ready, who aims to unseat Democratic Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, recently posted an article to Facebook alleging the Sandy Hook shooting that took the lives of 26 people, including 20 children, may have been fake.
“I don’t think [the shootings have] been proven,” Ready said during a televised debate Wednesday night. “And what’s wrong with open discussion?”
“There's still a question about whether it really happened, Sal,” Ready argued, drawing boos from the audience.
“Some of the people, if you recall, there was a picture of a man walking in whose daughter had died, he was smiling and joking,” he continued. “When he walked into the room, he turned and all of a sudden had tears in his eyes. Why? I question that."
Ready apologized for his remarks to the Denver Post on Saturday.
“We haven't got all the questions answered,” he maintained.
He also expressed surprised at the public backlash.
“Where's freedom of speech?" he asked. "I didn't know we were a communist community.”
"I'm not a 'truther,' whatever that is,” he added.
He said all he simply “pushed a button” to share to an article he hoped would generate discussion. "People who know me know that I've never even talked about this," he said.
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