Arizona politician on defensive after reporter says she aimed loaded gun at him | The Lookout - Yahoo! News
Aside from the initial shock that this gun comes in the color pink, which is, you know, probably the kind of gun Jean Paul Gautier would purchase, it is entirely unacceptable to point a gun at somebody given the context of the story. What the hell for? I've had people show me guns without pointing them directly at me. Much less knowing that the guns are loaded.The revelation--mentioned off-hand in the original story--has now created a media firestorm about gun safety, and a potential PR headache for gun advocates.
Richard Ruelas writes that Klein said "Oh it's so cute," before aiming the pistol square at his chest so he could see the red laser sight beam appear on his body. It probably didn't help the often adversarial character of relations between the press and political leaders for Ruelas to learn that the .380 Ruger in question had no safety.
"I just didn't have my hand on the trigger," Klein told the reporter, by way of reassurance.
Ruelas was writing about the freshman lawmaker's controversial move of carrying her pistol into the Statehouse just two days after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from Tucson, was shot in the head while at a "Congress on Your Corner" event in January. Guards tried to stop Klein from going in with the weapon, but she insisted on her right to carry, and the incident became something of a crusade for the pro-gun movement. Since then, Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce has lifted a weapons ban in the Senate building, despite an existing state law that bans guns in government buildings.