Yesterday, we reprinted the entire statement prepared by Mark Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, which he read at the sentencing of Tucson shooter Jared Loughner.
It was a damn good statement that included a pointed remark about Governor Jan Brewer's comments after the shooting. To that, the governor responded that she "isn't interested in engaging in politics" (for once).
Here's the part of Kelly's remarks -- which he's directing at Loughner -- where he references Brewer:
In this state we have elected officials so feckless in their leadership that they would say, as in the case of Governor Jan Brewer, "I don't think it has anything to do with the size of the magazine or the caliber of the gun." She went on and said, "Even if the shooter's weapon had held fewer bullets, he'd have another gun, maybe. He could have three guns in his pocket" - she said this just one week after a high capacity magazine allowed you to kill six and wound 19 others, before being wrestled to the ground while attempting to reload. Or a state legislature that thought it appropriate to busy itself naming an official Arizona state gun just weeks after this tragedy occurred, instead of doing the work it was elected to do: encourage economic growth, help our returning veterans and fix our education system.
(State Senator Ron Gould was the prime sponsor of the "state gun" bill, which was sponsored by folks such as ousted Senate President Russell Pearce and state Senator Judy Burges.)
In response, we've seen the following canned statement from Brewer's office:
"The Governor has long anticipated today. Like all Arizonans, she has looked forward to this time when justice would finally be served for our friends and neighbors killed or injured on that terrible January day in Tucson nearly two years ago.
Governor Brewer knew some of the victims. She considers Gabby Giffords a friend, and has prayed for her recovery and that of the others wounded in the shooting. On this solemn occasion, Governor Brewer isn't interested in engaging in politics.
This is a day of justice and peace. Governor Brewer wishes both for the victims and their families."
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