Senator Lori Klein’s Statement Regarding Handgun Incident


The following statement was issued by State Senator Lori Klein regarding the allegation that she intentionally pointed a handgun at Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas on January 10, 2011:

Thank you for your inquiry, but I will not be giving any more interviews on this topic. It makes little sense to contribute to a media feeding frenzy that is driven by a few individuals who never miss the opportunity to advance an anti-2nd Amendment agenda.

What I will do is recap the events so that you can draw your own conclusions based on the events as they occurred.

I was asked to show the reporter my weapon so that they could take pictures of it. I ensured that the chamber was clear before displaying the weapon. That is basic gun safety and something that I do instinctively, just like virtually every gun owner.

The photographer, who was behind me at the time, asked me to show him the laser sight and I did so, turning it on and shining it on the wall in front of me (away from the photographer). During this demonstration, the reporter came and sat down in the sofa in front of me, placing himself in the line of the laser sight.

He noticed the light, then I noticed the light, then I turned it off.

I apologized and let him know that he was safe because I keep my finger out of the trigger guard. Again, that is basic gun safety. If he was uncomfortable as a result of this, he did not indicate any discomfort at that time. But I have learned several lessons that I will never forget. First, it doesn’t matter if a reporter or anyone else asks, I won’t be showing anyone my gun. It may help them take a better picture but my gun isn’t a fashion statement or accessory, it is a life-saving tool to keep me and my family safe. Second, if anyone wants to see a demonstration of any of my gun’s features, it will have to take place at a gun range. Such a demonstration would be of far greater value to them in any case as it would allow them to see more, do more, and better experience the enjoyment and security that hundreds of thousands of Arizonans enjoy as a result of our Second Amendment freedoms.

I hope this helps to answer any questions you have on the matter.

 


Comments

  1. Baloney. I’ve been around guns since I was a kid, and I’m a very strong advocate for 2nd Amendment rights. But this lady is nuts. You don’t ever point your gun at someone unless you’re ready to fire. Never. This lady needs to get her butt into gun training fast.

  2. Baloney. I’ve been around guns since I was a kid, and I’m a very strong advocate for 2nd Amendment rights. But this reporter is nuts. You don’t ever put yourself in front of a gun unless you’re ready to get shot. Never. This reporter needs to get his butt into gun training fast.

  3. I believe her but that is still a careless way to demonstrate the weapon. In gun safety class, you learn to look at and past the target before pointing. It’s not enough to point it at a wall; bullets go through walls all the time. She needs to take an NRA approved gun safety class pronto.

  4. Alan Soelberg says:

    Sorry Sen. Klein. Handguns are not “cute.” They aren’t toys for display during show and tell. There are obviously two sides to every story. However, the mere fact that Sen. Klein had it out on display, describing it as “cute,” shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the lethal nature of handguns.

    I am livid that someone like her, who clearly understands and who I applauded as one who champions gun rights, someone with a pulpit to do some good, would provide such fuel to hacks like Gallardo who want to restrict my right to bear arms. Makes our job of promoting these rights so much more difficult. In her attempt to dispel stereotypes of handgun carriers as “hillbilly” and “cowboy,” she one upped herself. No stereotype is worse than that of “reckless.”

  5. labman57 says:

    A little common sense goes a long way. This woman appears to have more lead than brains.

  6. Veritas Vincit says:

    On responsibility Senator Klein receives an “F”

    That said, the local Valley media also receive an “F” for reviving a story that occurred last January.

    Read the damned article in the Republic carefully, the incident with the reporter occurred on January 10, 2011 and today the lazy Capitol Times, the looney Huffington Post and worst of all Senator Klein herself are breathing life into a long since dead story.

    What? No real news… like the out of control Police Chief in Quartzite?

    • Actually, it’s quite well established that the incident in question — you know, the interview in which she pointed a gun at a reporter — happened last month. Klein’s actions that earned her a profile for the series on guns in Arizona occurred in January.

      But let’s not let reading comprehension get in the way of a couple of snide comments about the media.

  7. Phillip the Great says:

    I read a couple of the stories about this event and pretty much ignored them. But now that I read her own words, I am deeply troubled by what she says, and what she says she did, and how she defines safe handling of a weapon. In her own words, she admits she made several mistakes regarding the handling of her weapon.

    Spade = spade. She was sloppy with the gun, which is dangerous for the guy at the end of the barrel, but her later justification that she really wasn’t sloppy threatens (by example) the rights of anyone who carries one.

    And no one cares about your gun’s “features” but they do care about your careless actions, and your careless statements after the fact. Lawmakers make life or death decisions. This lawmaker has made some wrong ones.

    The sad reality is that gun-handling rules have no exceptions, and you can’t just blame anti-gun people for the world of hurt coming down on Sen. Klein. No one would defend her actions.

  8. Wow. With friends like this the community of Second Amendment supporters doesn’t need any enemies.

  9. Phillip the Great says:

    Sorry, but if you have a gun and I have a gun and we both support the Constitution that doesn’t make us members of the same “gun community” any more than being members of the same church. Lori may be a great senator or a great conservative or something, fine, but she’s a terrible representative of MY gun community.

  10. Steve Calabrese says:

    The Republic has now posted an audio transcript which appears to contradict Senator Klein’s statement.

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2011/07/11/20110711arizona-lori-klein-transcript-on.html

    All gun owners have a responsibility to handle their firearms in a safe fashion. Failure to do otherwise may result in someone getting killed. And, as this story shows, even if no one gets hurt the perception and resulting ammo (no pun intended) given to anti-gun activists is powerful. Senator Klein appears to be a firm supporter of the 2nd Amendment with her votes. It is time for her to support it with her actions as well, and take a gun safety class. Also, releasing hasty statements disputing a newspaper’s statements of fact when the facts are not on your side is not a good idea.

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