Video: Pueblo Candidate Tom Ready Wonders if Newtown School Shootings Were a Hoax

Given that Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace is among the area's most vocal advocates for legal marijuana sales, it's no surprise he's being challenged in this November's election by a candidate on the right -- but attendees at a debate last night were likely startled by just how far to the right is Pace's opponent, Republican Tom Ready. During the event, Ready openly questioned whether the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, which resulted in the deaths of twenty children and six staff members, was a hoax created by the federal government. Details and a video of the exchange below.

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According to Colorado Pols, last night's event was, for the most part, "a very wonky and respectful debate, discussing tax policy, land use, water regulations, jobs and economic development."

But then, Ready reportedly accused Pace of personally raising the utility rates on Pueblo customers.

In response, Pace brought up the issue of character -- which led to this statement: "A couple weeks ago, I was disturbed by a link you posted on your Facebook page of an article claiming that the Newtown Sandy Hook school shooting is a hoax perpetrated by the federal government to advance a gun-control agenda."

Most politicians would have countered by distancing themselves from such a post -- but not Ready. Instead, as seen in the video below, he said the following:

"To the question of whether it really happened, Sal, some of the people in the videos... . If you recall, there was a picture of a man walking in whose daughter had died. He was smiling and joking. When he walked into the room, he turned, and all of a sudden had tears in his eyes. Why? I question that."

As can be heard in the clip, the audience booed heartily during Ready's reply -- unless, that is, the sounds were secretly added to the footage as part of a government conspiracy.

Here's the video.

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