Senator Lori Klein's Done Talking About Pointing Loaded Gun at Reporter
Don't bother asking state Senator Lori Klein about why she pointed a loaded gun at a reporter -- she's apparently done talking about it.
"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," Klein says in a statement issued by the Senate.
Klein says she will no longer submit to interviews on the matter -- so we sent her an e-mail, to which we did not receive a response.
In case you missed it, in an article published in the Arizona Republic Sunday, reporter Richard Ruelas describes how Klein pulled out a loaded Ruger while sitting on a couch outside the Senate chamber and pointed it at him during an interview..
"She showed off the laser sighting by pointing the red beam at the reporter's chest," Ruelas writes.
Klein, Ruelas writes, then told him that the gun has no safety, but he need not worry because, "'I just didn't have my hand on the trigger.'"
Well, in that case...
Klein, however, has a slightly different version of events -- that doesn't include pointing the gun at Ruelas' chest.
From her statement:
"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)."
In our e-mail, we asked Klein if she felt Ruelas baited her into pointing the gun at him -- again, however, she's done talking about it.
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