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Megadeth star's claim that Obama set up Aurora shooting draws response

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An Aurora shooting victim has dismissed Megadeth singer Dave Mustaine's claim that US President Barack Obama organised the massacre.

Mustaine made the controversial comments about the Aurora shooting – which left 12 dead and more than 50 injured – while on stage in Singapore earlier this month.



"Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban, so he's staging all of these murders, like the Fast and Furious thing down at the border in Aurora, Colorado… All the people that were killed there and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple [in Wisconsin]," Mustaine told the crowd.

Carli Richards was one of those shot in Aurora and she has now told TMZ that alleged shooter James Holmes is solely to blame for the attack.

"It's obviously kind of absurd and people who make up conspiracies just want attention," Richards insisted. "Everybody is emotional at this time and needs to blame somebody I guess."

She continued: "I don't think they realise 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."

Mustaine has since attempted to clarify his remarks in an interview with radio host Alex Jones.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine


"In the heat of the moment, when you're on stage and you're talking, sometimes you're not as eloquent as you'd like to be… We really need to investigate this," the heavy metal singer said. "I love our country and my whole thing with this is that I think we should just look into it… I just think that we deserve to know the truth – that's it.

"I'm a patriot. I've always been controversial. I'm a political songwriter. And this wasn't done to hurt any our my fellow countrymen. I think that it's something that we really, really need to look into."

He went on to allege that there are "criminal rogues" in the US government who do not act in the public's best interest.

Mustaine has made numerous controversial comments about politics in the past. He once advocated building a wall across America's southern border to block Mexicans from illegally entering the country.

In 2004, he publicly announced his support for US President George W Bush and warned that an election win by Democrat John Kerry would "ruin our country".

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