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Pat McMahon

An open letter to Russell Pearce

Dear Mr. Pearce:

Shut up!

I know you have an election to win, and being a recalled lawmaker must create a voracious, unsatisfied hunger for power, so I would never dream to ask you for anything like a long-term silence. You've already said far too much in blaming the victims of the Aurora, Colorado massacre for their inaction and lack of courage.

So please, as a personal favor to me and perhaps their families, just a short period of silence from you, at least until they are buried.

You fault them because, in your words, had they been prepared and armed, they could have stopped this "bad man."

Russell, the shooter was wearing bulletproof armor from head to foot. A grenade launcher might've stopped him, but I don't believe those are included in the conceal carry law.

You dare to say all that was needed was one courageous/brave man like the men on Flight 93.

Are you demeaning the courage of those who shielded others or the commitment of the members of the Air Force and Navy, now dead, who were in that theater?

Don't misunderstand me Russell Pearce. I don't want your guns. I just want you to be quiet for a little while.

It's not polite to talk while America is in mourning.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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