After Megadeth’s lead singer told a crowd that the president was responsible for the Aurora, Colorado, shooting, one of the victims speaks out. And she tells Mustaine to stop trying to get attention.
“Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban, so he’s staging all of these murders,” Mustaine told a crowd during a concert in Singapore on Wednesday. “Like the ‘Fast And Furious’ thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple.”
But someone a little more connected to one of the shootings has a response to Mustaine.
“Some people think the president is a good scapegoat but he didn’t shoot me,” Carli Richards, one of the Aurora shooting victims, told TMZ.
She also said she believes Mustaine wasn’t just expressing his opinion when he made his claims.
“It’s obviously kind of absurd and people who make up conspiracies just want attention,” she said.
This isn’t the first time the singer has spoken out about President Obama. He recently appeared on The Alex Jones Show and shared even more opinions about the president.
“I’m disgusted with this guy,” he told Jones. “He’s my president, I respect the office of the presidency, but I think as a person and the things that he says, I’ve never heard anything this offensive ever come out of the mouth of a president. And I’m 50 — I’ve heard a lot of presidents talk in my life.”
Since the shootings, politicians on both sides have been using the issue as a political one. Obama spoke before the National Urban League in July.
“When there is an extraordinarily heartbreaking tragedy like the one we saw, there’s always an outcry immediately after for action,” he said. “And too often, those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere.”
But Carli Richards said that no matter what, we need to blame the shooter for the tragedy.
“Everybody is emotional at this time and needs to blame somebody I guess,” she said. “I don’t think they realize the consequences of not being responsible for your own actions and James Holmes needs to be held accountable for his, to whatever way the justice system deems fit.”