Posted by: maboulette | July 29, 2011


Case O' Guns

Image by Gregory Wild-Smith via Flickr

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.

The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on January 8 has reignited the national debate over gun control. President Barack Obama called for stronger gun laws in the wake of the shooting, and HuffPost‘s Sam Stein reported last week that the Obama administration is preparing to release a series of reforms in the near future.

 According to the Daily Beast the changes will include:

– A national electronic system designed to make background checks for handgun buyers simpler and faster, leaving an electronic paper trail under a law named for Ronald Reagan’s press secretary James Brady, who was wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt.

– A new reporting requirement that federally licensed gun shops report any person who tries to buy two long-arm weapons near the Mexican border over a five-day period.

– Tougher sentencing guidelines for straw buyers that Holder’s department pushed through procedural hoops at the U.S. Sentencing Commission earlier this year.

In Arizona, Klein’s handgun has become a symbol of the gun control debate, and while she supports those who want the right to carry guns, she says it’s a personal choice that she isn’t forcing on anyone.

“I don’t like chocolate ice cream,” she told the Arizona Republic. “Am I going to force you not to have any?”



  1. How about instead of MORE new gun laws that infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of lawful American citizens we ENFORCE the laws already on the books to keep guns out of the hands of criminals IE: instant background checks for criminals AND mental health patients, mandatory sentencing for those that use guns in the commision of a crime. How about we start making criminals responsible for their actions and leave the law abiding citizens alone with the ability to protect themselves and their property. Just a thought!

    • What no comment about me being angry sounding? You continue to confuse anger with righteous indignation. I find it very offensive when people talk about taking away my Constitutional rights. I keep going back to the US Constitution, what puzzles me is why your side never does. Please explain?

      • What the hell is wrong with you – who is talking about taking your Constitutional rights away? Nobody!! Nobody is talking about taking your Constitutional rights away – no one – but you and the rest of the right wing crazies have got it into your thick skull that someone – I don’t know who – is trying to take your Constitutional rights away. Do you have any idea how sick I am of hearing your side say that? They are my rights too and I have not seen ONE example of someone trying to take my rights away. You want righteous indignation – I’ll give you that – I am sick and tired of the Right and the Christian fundamentalist trying to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and Medicaid so that women who are poor can’t get checked to see if they have cancer or can’t get any birth control so that they can stop having babies that are unwanted. I am sick and tired of the Tea Party holding up the normal work of the Congress because they don’t like any of the bills and in their selfish way aren’t putting country before party. I am sick and tired of Congress not doing anything to help the jobless situation in this country and instead are bickering over little shit that just doesn’t matter at this time. I am sick and tired of living in 100 degree heat everyday for over 2 months while the Right claims there is no such thing as global climate change. I am sick and tired of not being able to find a job not only because of the economy but also because I am 63 and no one wants to hire someone who might make their healthcare insurance go up or who might retire in 2 years. The irony is that in order to support myself, I am having to work for websites in India where I only get paid 1 dollar per 1000 words for any content that is written – that is about 1000 times lower than what a web content provider used to make. And I am sick and tired of you coming to a blog that you disagree with on everything that is written and making your petty and snide little remarks about the owner of the blog who you know nothing about!!

      • Wow! You sound a little angry today. What’s the point of your blog if not to get responses? Are you only looking for comments and debate from those who agree with everything you say? I thought better of you than that. I love honest open debate about issues. I truly try to understand your views and perspectives on issues. I usually just have a different opinion. My Constitutional rights are constantly being eroded away by almost everything this government does in the name of ‘humanity’. You have finally apparently gotten the point. Everytime the government performs a task for us as citizens that we should be doing for ourselves a little bit more of our freedom is taken away. For example: when the government takes a percentage of my income, through taxes, permits, fees or whatever and provides a benefit for someone or something else they are actually taking away my freedom to provide for my family and community. You think that it is government’s responsibility to even the playing field and make us all equal, I disagree. I am responsible for me first and if I so choose to help Joe Schmo down the street if he needs help, that’s my priviledge. Joe Schmo does not have the right to petition our government to take mine that I worked for and give to Joe at the point of a gun just because he wants it or because some politician wants Joe’s vote to get re-elected. That is wrong. We used to call that theft. Now it’s called welfare or Medicaid or Social Security or Planned Parenthood. Where does the Constitution provide for those programs I must have missed those sections. How can you not see that this makes slaves out of people when their very existence relies on the benevolence of Washington to provide their needs and wants instead of hard work and personal responsibilty. You think that is what made America great, handouts for incompetence?

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