Controversy in 140 characters: Former Arizona GOP chair says 'Take guns away from Blacks'

- A former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party is making waves on Twitter, after tweeting that guns should be taken away from black people during last night's Democratic debate.

In just 140 characters, one can make very big statements on Twitter.

"It was taken out of context to a great degree, I was being very sarcastic," said Randy Pullen.

Pullen Tweeted; "Yes, black lives matter, the best way to end the slaughter of young black men is to take guns away from blacks as they are the main killers."

But even after a landslide of criticism, Pullen says his Tweet isn't the problem.

"It's a far left media problem, which is anytime you're a conservative Republican and they can call you a racist, a sexist, or a greedy capitalist, they will," said Pullen.

Taking notes from a fellow Republican, Pullen says he stands by his words, even in hot water.

"It's like Donald Trump, you don't ever back off of what you said because of the way you said it," said Pullen.

At the end of the day, Pullen says it's the "Black Lives Matter" campaign that caused a stir, not him.

"When I tweeted that out, I knew that any time you used the phrase Black Lives Matter, it's going to catch attention," he said.

The Arizona Democratic Party Chair issued the following statement:

"Words can't describe my feelings on such a horribly irresponsible bigoted tweet from a leading figure in the Arizona Republican Party. Randy Pullen is not only an entrenched member of the Arizona GOP -- previously serving as chair -- but also the Republican National Committee (RNC). If these are the kind of solutions they have to offer to real social problems, their efforts to expand their ever-narrowing appeal will continue to fail, and once again, embarrass our state."

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