U.S. Politics

AZ GOPer: I Didn’t Aim My Loaded Gun At A Reporter — He Sat Down In Front Of It!

Once again, TFC looks at sorting out the crazies, and this AZ State Senator is at the top of the list in today’s headlines…


Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein (R) is disputing a reporter’s claim that she aimed her loaded gun at him during an interview, instead recounting that she was asked to show her gun and the reporter got up and sat down in the gun’s sight.

Here’s what we know happened.

Richard Ruelas wrote an article for the Arizona Republic about guns in Arizona, published Sunday, that described an interview he had with Klein in June. Klein is known for bringing her loaded raspberry pink .380 Ruger into the legislative chamber — most infamously in January, two days after the Giffords shooting in Tucson, when security tried to stop her.

In the piece, Ruelas writes that during the interview in the state Senate lounge, Klein pulled out her gun and pointed it at his chest. Here’s the key exchange:

“Oh, it’s so cute,” Klein said, as she unzipped the loaded Ruger from its carrying case to show a reporter and photographer. She was sitting on a leather couch in a lounge, just outside the Senate chamber.

She showed off the laser sighting by pointing the red beam at the reporter’s chest. The gun has no safety, she said, but there was no need to worry.

“I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger,” she said.

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Lori Klein, Arizona State Senator, Pointed Loaded Gun At Reporter Richard Ruelas’s Chest

You know, it’s easy to say that some Republicans are bat-crap insane

The real proof in claiming that statement comes from the many instances of crazy, incomprehensible words and actions by many members of the GOP which are documented for posterity.

However, Arizona State Senator Lori Klein actions, a direct result of that state’s new gun “control” laws, was one of the most  despicable of the gamut of Republican craziness

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Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein (R), a gun-rights champion, keeps a loaded raspberry-pink handgun in her purse, and during an interview with Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas, she took it out and pointed it at him.

“Oh, it’s so cute,” Klein said, before aiming the gun at Ruelas’s chest to show off the red beam of the laser sight. Klein’s gun, a .380 Ruger, has no safety, but the senator assured Ruelas that he wasn’t in danger.

“I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger,” she said.

Klein told the Arizona Republic that she owns a number of guns and has had “informal” training sessions on each of them, and that she was taught gun safety by her father.

Local gun activists have criticized Klein for pointing her gun at Ruelas, however.

Rob Mermelstein, the range master of the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club, told the Arizona Guardian, that Klein’s actions were “unconscionable.”

“Whoever would do something like that needs to have a better grounding in gun safety before ever laying a hand on a firearm,” he said.

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