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Arizona Lawmaker Shows Off Her Loaded Gun By Pointing It At Reporter

totally adorableEvery day Arizona Republicans work just a little bit harder to more closely resemble the violent idiot parody rife with blood-soaked hillbillies wandering around shooting at each other that we usually picture when we think about this state. State senator Lori Klein is today’s cartoonishly moronic protagonist, for pulling a loaded gun out of her purse without the safety switched on and pointing it at a journalist trying to interview her about gun rights. “I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger” was her official gun safety strategy, according to Klein. At least Jesus didn’t make her sneeze. 

So this happened, and who calls in to complain about this life-threatening incident perpetrated by a fringe gun nut/ elected representative with zero formal gun safety training? Other pro-gun rights people, naturally, mad that she is giving gun nuts a bad name.

The Arizona Guardian reports:

“Whoever would do something like that needs to have a better grounding in gun safety before ever laying a hand on a firearm,” said Rob Mermelstein, the range master of the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club.

Mermelstein went on to say that Klein’s actions were “unconscionable” and goes against every standard of gun safety he teaches at the club. In addition, he says, these kinds of stories hurt the cause of gun owners as they try to keep the government from restricting their Second Amendment rights.

“It goes with out saying firearms owners are waging a nonstop battle for PR and any type of incident like this is not favorable to the gun-owing public,” he said during a telephone interview on Sunday.

Klein made headlines in January after bringing her loaded gun into the House and Senate chambers just two days after the mass shooting in Tucson.

Klein says she carries the gun in her purse. In the past she’s said that her Ruger goes wherever she does. And according to Sunday’s article, the Republican lawmaker said her gun was “so cute” right before pulling out.

Blood, also, is “adorable.” Jesus Christ. [Arizona Guardian]

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157 comments

  1. Barb

    Who, what, when, where, why and how stupid could one person be? Um, he's a reporter! Did you think that he wouldn't tell anyone about your stupid stunt?

    1. WhatTheHeck

      No. She misjudged what caliber of reporter he was and hoped he would load one in her chamber.

    2. PristineODummy

      I don't think Dozy McCuntyPants has quite grasped the whole notion of media yet.

    3. WunkRocker

      http://bit.ly/nYrvdV Seems would fall under communicating threats, Class 1 misdemeanor in AZ.
      "Communicating threats also falls under the heading of assault. If you threaten bodily harm to someone or threaten their property, you may be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor. "

    4. guangho

      Considering how useless, pandering and corporatized the media has become, this was actually a pretty safe assumption on her part.

  2. hagajim

    Last time I checked I think you could be charged with ADW for that kind of stupidity…but it is Arizona, bitch will probably get a fucking medal and a lifetime NRA award.

    1. weejee

      Here in C'Addle it is a felony to point a firearm at anyone, even if the gun is unloaded and has the safety on. There are exceptions granted, such as maniac charging into bedroom with blazing chainsaws and AK47s, but if you point a gun at someone, even a bad guy who just broke into your house, you will get arrested and have to prove you met the life and limb exceptions to the rule.

      1. V572 der Plaatz

        See? This kind of unbearable restriction of Second Amendment rights is why all the loonies are congregating in Arizona and like-minded places, where you can walk around with a loaded pistol on your belt without a permit, as I once saw at a convenience store in Sierra Vista. Scary, I tell ye!

        Or like Texas, where people with concealed-carry permits don't get screened at the state capitol, whereas unarmed pussies get zapped.

        1. Radiotherapy®

          Or, remember when good old St. Ronnie was for gun control before he was against it because the brown people were openly packing heat and celebrating their 2nd Amendment Rights?

      2. emmelemm

        Good to know!

        /never touched a gun, much less owned one

        //get your mind out of the gutter

      1. BloviateMe

        Nature's original squirt gun.

        Load up on Santorum, and you're sportin' a double barrel shooter.

        I just grossed myself out. Sorry.

      2. BloviateMe

        BTW, I accidentally hit the follow you button. I think I figured out how to unfollow, so don't feel stalked.

  3. Rotundo_

    Dear Mexico,
    Please take these idiots back, you can have their stuff, and kill them all if you like, just don't let them come back to the states.
    With Greatest Urgency,
    The few folks left in America with any fucking sense.

    1. PristineODummy

      I just want to point out that that's very inconsiderate of you. Do you know how much killing is going on on the other side of the border? And now you want them to kill every lardbutt in AZ too? Have you no consideration for the working stiff, sir? And it's not like they'll get worker's comp for those aching trigger fingers, either.

      Man, the brownz are expected to do *every*thing around here.

      1. BeWoot

        I guess I'm ok with Arizona being annexed–I could use the free-ish health care and, besides, I don't have a lot of stuff to lose. Can't see Mexico going for the deal, though; except for those insane narco armies of theirs, taking on Arizona's "citizens" would be a real civic downgrade for our amigos down south.

  4. ManchuCandidate

    Drat, I thought it was about an Arizona GOPer tranny getting busted for indecent exposure not some loony gun fetishist who thought it was a good idea to point a loaded gun at some journo.

    What's sad is that I am not surprised either way.

    1. littlebigdaddy

      Wasn't there a film called "Locked and Loaded" about tranny border vigilantes? If not, why not?

  5. snarkycomments

    My "gun" is "so cute", too. I wonder if Klein wants to compare calibre with the safety off. Oh god! I just saw her picture. I take it back. Please let me take it back!

      1. PristineODummy

        The fucker's following me. There doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it.

        1. HistoriCat

          Douchebag follows about 100 Wonkette commenters. It's really kind of sad – being so obsessed with people you despise.

    1. SorosBot

      Now that his other sockpuppet has been banned, all he has time to do is furiously mash the downfist button, over and over again, with each of his identities, thinking he's driving us crazy.

  6. BarackMyWorld

    Anyone who thought Arizona couldn't really win "Dumbest State" two years in a row can suck it.

  7. memzilla

    Hah! I can imagine her definition of "highway safety" is being sure you can swerve away at the last second.

  8. SorosBot

    Rob Mermelstein, you know what an even better way is to practice gun safety? To stay the fuck away from guns.

  9. OC_Surf_Serf

    Surveyor marks on the reporter's tee-shirt?

    …and remember that a loaded gun is like a teenage boy…
    the hand doesn't need to be anywhere nearby for it to go off…

  10. ArmoredBore

    By the Maker, I practice better safety with my Nerf guns than this twit!

    Also too: Aw, why you gotta hate, troll? We love you!

    1. V572 der Plaatz

      Jan Brewer says you're right! And Jeff Flake , who's plotting his return the national politics! Or profoundly stupid ex-sportscaster J D Hayworth, who so scared Juan McCain that he actually had to conduct a thermonuclear-level primary campaign against him in 2010.

  11. WhatTheHeck

    Why is there a picture of rifles up there when all the lady did was to whip out her cute handgun from her purse? Oh I get it. She was stroking her hand gun lovingly and next thing you know, she had this massive rifle in her hands. With gun owners, its always a sexual thing.

  12. petehammer

    “I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger”

    How comically large was this handgun?!

    Was it modeled after the elephant gun from Tremors?

  13. user-of-owls

    This is some sort of perverse rock-paper-scissors thing, right?

    Pen > Sword
    Gun >Pen
    Gun > Well, Gun just blows the shit outta everything, so it's really not a fun game at all.

    1. ChessieNefercat

      "…so it's really not a fun game at all."

      Well, maybe not for you. Did you have the gun? Hmm?

      1. user-of-owls

        you twit! i din't realize that a fucking 'greater than' sign would wind up gibberish and you done commented and now my stupid be stuck in stone.

        and no, i did not have the gun, have sex with that woman or kill the sheriff. but now my life is ruin't.

        1. V572 der Plaatz

          The correct locution is, "I did not have sex with relations of that woman, Monica Lewinsky." Which was true. MSM just wasn't listening carefully.

          1. V572 der Plaatz

            Ew, not one of those cigars, please. And I should’ve said MSM weren’tlistening.

        2. ChessieNefercat

          I'm sorry, goodness knows I have to check my own comments carefully. Yours is still really funny and not gibberish at all!

  14. Ohforcripessake

    The reporter should have taken the gun from her and pistol-whipped her with it. One of the first rules of gun handling is that you don't point it at anything you don't want to kill. What is it with these people anyways? Do they really think they'd be able to hold off the authorities with their guns? Yea, that worked pretty well for the Branch Davidians.

    I apologize to our alien overlords for the stupidity of these morans.

    1. LetUsBray

      That's what gets me: Do they really think their little phallus-substitutes are going to go toe to toe with the United States government? That outfit has nuclear weapons, and they've used 'em before.

      But the truth is, those guns aren't really meant for standing up to the government. They're for intimidating their owner's non-batshit-insane fellow citizens.

      1. Ohforcripessake

        "They're for intimidating their owner's non-batshit-insane fellow citizens."

        You got that right. People like that with guns scare the bejesus out of me.

  15. samsuncle

    I grew up in the rural south and got my first .22 rifle when I was 10 years old. At that age I knew that you never pointed a gun at anyone regardless of weather it was loaded or not. How can someone who is suppose to be a responsible representative of the people be so stupid? Oh, she's a republican, well that explains it.

    1. PsycWench

      Likewise, as small children who had never touched a gun, my dad drilled it into our head these two rules:
      Don't point unless you intend to shoot.
      Don't shoot unless you intend to kill.

      If pre-liberal tweens know this…

  16. gullywompr

    I can't BELIEVE something like this could happ…..

    Oh wait…. Arizona? Nevermind.

  17. DashboardBuddha

    Me and my Ruger
    It's not a Luger
    Wherever I point
    Be it organ or joint
    It's me and my Ruger

    1. ChessieNefercat

      I think all the gun talk has him getting all, you know. Poor downfisty, he'll have only one hand to downfist with. Hey, downfisty, you can get the cheeto stains off your underpants with any good stain remover!

  18. MaxUdargo

    One day all these gun people are going to have to face the truth, and that is going to be a sad, sad day in Gunville. I imagine Ted Nugent will curl up naked in the corner of his shower and cry himself to death.

    Because the horrible, tragic, heartbreaking truth is that nobody gives a flying fuck if they own guns. Gun control hasn't been anywhere near the top of the liberal to-do list for decades. Every time some high profile person gets shot, a few dazed hippies tumble out of the forest and mumble something about gun control before wandering off toward the nearest beach. Liberals can't talk about gun control among themselves for more than two minutes without everybody falling asleep.

    But I'd hate to be the one to tell Ted Nugent that. That guy's whole life revolves around fantasies of liberals coming to take his guns. He's certain that Obama is tossing and turning every night thinking about all the guns he has. And he knows all us liberals are making plans and plotting. He knows we can't think about anything but his guns. But he's ready for us. He knows we're coming. He knows we want his guns.

    He's hunched down right now, listening intently. "Did you hear that? Sounded like liberal footsteps. They're coming. I know they're coming. But I'm ready for them. They're not going to take my guns. Unless they take them from my cold, dead fingers! But good luck with that, liberal sissies! I'm the guy with all the guns. And I'm waiting for you. 'Cause I know you're coming. Any minute now. Any minute now."

    "Yep… any minute now."

    1. Radiotherapy®

      After the Virginia Tech shooting, the NRA was very clear on their position: Arm the Coeds!

    2. GhostBuggy

      Well said, sir.

      I especially like how, in these fevered nightmares of the approaching "Fedzilla" (thanks, Nuge, you fuck!) they can be held off with a damned hunting rifle. How is a hunting rifle going to hold off a goddamn Predator drone?

    3. outragedcitizen

      Couldn't agree more. These guys, including one of my brothers, have fantasies of fighting off the guv'ment when it comes to take their guns. They just can't get their heads around the fact that it would be a logistic nightmare. Even if the Federal government put every cop in the US and every soldier and marine in the military on the task, that would be all they got done for the next decade. And as you said, there has not been a substantive piece of gun control legislation introduced by Congress in years.

  19. MinAgain

    Isn't putting on the safety the gun nut equivalent of wearing a condom? "I hate using them. It's like shooting someone in the shower with a raincoat on."

    1. Guppy06

      Where does this analogy go, though? Only married people should have guns? You should only be allowed to shoot your spouse?

      1. MinAgain

        I think the analogy would go: If you use a gun without putting on the safety, you may end up with an STD…Shot in the Toe Disease.

  20. JustPixelz

    I guess she thought he was part of the Aim Street Media.

    Is that a gun in your hand or are you just happy to see me?

    Guns to don't point themselves at people. Other people do.

    Fortunately the pen is mightier than the cute .380 Ruger.

  21. user-of-owls

    I was at the Mud Club back in the early 80s and saw Range Master Phoenix and The Rod & Gun Clubs.

    Their front man, Rob Mermelstein, fucking rocked!

  22. ChessieNefercat

    Time out! Too much stupid today, including Tranny Granny's ghastly me-so-sexy photo shoot! And now this, my gun is "so cute", and I'm so bad-ass because "my Ruger goes where I go." Whoopsies! Didn't mean to splatter your brains all over everything, Mr. Reporter! My apologies if anyone (did you have a family?) is offended by this!

    Here is relief, sweet, sweet relief: http://tinyurl.com/6z8tmk2

    Our lovely, gracious, brilliant FLOTUS will grace the August cover of Better Homes and Gardens, available July 19th (cover preview included in the article). The owners of BH&G are based in Des Moines, which might be why the Register covered this.

    I hope Our Nation's Great Curse saw this article in her courtesy newspaper provided by her Des Moines hotel while she was chomping away at her $7.69 each room service Slim Jims.

    Edit: Neener, neener, downfist all you want, you stunted toad. Michelle Obama is so far beyond your sub-human grossness you could never have a woman anywhere near her fabulous sexiness and beauty.

    1. V572 der Plaatz

      Whatever happens in the 2012 election, I can't hardly wait for the time when Michelle can take off the aprons and sweatpants she's been so dutifully wearing and show the world what she can do…Senate, president, it hardly matters; pretty sure she can get whatever she puts her mind to.

      Maybe that'll cause AZ and TX and AL to secede into the sovereign nation of Dumbfuckistan, where they can shoot each other to their hearts' content.

      1. ChessieNefercat

        “…where they can shoot each other to their hearts' content.”And to ours as well.

  23. fuflans

    OT but i'm so glad our republican nero's are fiddling while our debt crisis burns and attempting to repeal light bulb regulations.

  24. Goonemeritus

    Given enough time she will most likely have an “accident”. Only time will determine whether it will be an innocent bystander a family member or her own whooha that takes a round. That said when the personal protection branch of gun nuts disowns you it’s time to switch to a whistle.

  25. Not_So_Much

    Meh, it's not like she emptied the clip at his feet to "make him dance". But probably just because she was too stupid to think of it on the spot right there…

  26. Radiotherapy®

    Eddie Eagle needs to pay a little visit to Arizona lawmakers.
    And, since Neilist has returned, he can shoot us a comment too.

      1. Radiotherapy®

        It's easy to confuse him with the cartoon character who teaches kids about gun safety but:

        The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn't to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about firearms, and no firearms are ever used in the program. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, they're treated simply as a fact of everyday life. With firearms found in about half of all American households, it's a stance that makes sense.

        Eddie Eagle is never shown touching a firearm, and he does not promote firearm ownership or use. The program prohibits the use of Eddie Eagle mascots anywhere that guns are present. The Eddie Eagle Program has no agenda other than accident prevention — ensuring that children stay safe should they encounter a gun. The program never mentions the NRA. Nor does it encourage children to buy guns or to become NRA members. The NRA does not receive any appropriations from Congress, nor is it a trade organization. It is not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with any businesses that deal in guns and ammunition.

        1. Guppy06

          "Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, they're treated simply as a fact of everyday life."

          One of these things doctors aren't allowed to ask about in Florida.

          Thanks, NRA!

  27. Sue4466

    So great that the gun was pink. That's what makes it so adorable!

    Really, what can go wrong with a gun color-coordinated with Barbie's Dream House.

    1. Barrelhse

      At first I assumed she got it from Mary Kay, then I saw the picture of Ms(?)Klein. Maybe it's the Mary Kay booby prize, and she's supposed to turn it on herself for giving Beauty Products a bad name.

  28. sati_demise

    Well the gun is a nice razzberry color.

    This is the same pol who shouted at a bunch of American citizens to "go back to Mexico"
    yea, thats her.

  29. northernbassist

    And here's what the 'accident' mentioned above will probably look like:
    http://tinyurl.com/67lpqqq

    fast fwd to 25 seconds in

    warning–there is NSFW language here–but what do you expect when you shoot yerself in the leg while practicing your quick draw?

  30. hollywooddood

    Even I know that you don't point a gun at anyone unless you intend to shoot them. And I'm not even from Arizona.

  31. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    These sort of demonstrations are so much more fun with the Pot Legalization people.

  32. Radiotherapy®

    Downfisty, Come out, come out wherever you are;
    olly, olly in free.
    You fuckface.

  33. BaldarTFlagass

    She's watched Sigourney Weaver get all armed up to go rescue the little girl in the atmosphere generator on LV-426 a few too many times.

  34. BlueStateLibel

    This isn't snarky, but you know what kind of people need and like guns? People who are afraid, deeply afraid of the world, and see it as a very scary place. This is exactly what this woman is.

  35. Come here a minute

    Range MASTER Rob Mermelstein is right — he should really think about supporting a law that enforces his position about gun safety. That would be a good way to wage a non-stop battle for PR.

  36. alaninthecastro

    Actually, I believe Arizona law requires you to point a loaded gun at reporters.

  37. Guppy06

    “Whoever would do something like that needs to have a better grounding in gun safety before ever laying a hand on a firearm,” said Rob Mermelstein, the range master of the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club.

    Why, there ought to be a law that one must demonstrate some base level of firearms safety proficiency before… oh yeah.

    Obligatory comic!

    In any other state in the Union, she'd be charged with simple assault by now.

  38. rambone

    It goes with out saying firearms owners are waging a nonstop battle for PR

    If reporters don't need to possess basic English grammar knowledge, why should gun nuts have to learn basic firearms safety?

    P.S. Crazy people packing heat makes me want to apply for a concealed carry license. The circle of life . . .

  39. DustBowlBlues

    G**dammit, it's been at or above 100F since mid June and the only thing raining down is the stoopid. Where am I, fucking Arizona? Could this idiot woman pull her thweet wittle gun on Inhofe? "Admit Climate Change is real, bitch! Or this baby will rapture your ass to kingdom come."

  40. C_R_Eature

    If that dizzy bitch had pointed that gun at me, I'd take it away & she'd need a Proctologist to get it back.
    No funny here. If you're going to carry a weapon, learn how to use it. It's not a goddamn toy or Talisman or surrogate penis, that type of handgun is a machine that's designed to kill people. Don't point it at anything you don't want to kill, don't leave a round in the chamber and stick the thing in your pants and don't leave it loaded around the house for the kiddies to find.
    Sorry. Today I'm sick of Stupid.

  41. mavenmaven

    "The raspberry-pink handgun " Aw shucks, she had a "hello kitty" handgun… I'm sure the kids want to play with it, so what if the safety is off…

  42. Redhead

    This would NEVER have happened if the reporter had had a gun. (They would have both died in the shoot out before the reporter had a chance to write the story.)

  43. not that Dewey

    Now, Frenesi Gates had a pink chainsaw with a mother-of-pearl grip that she carried in her purse. That was cute.

    This, not so much.

  44. SayItWithWookies

    I hope this lady wins a hunting trip with Dick Cheney — sounds like these two gun safety experts should have a few shots of Makers Mark and share experiences where they were maligned by the press for their strong principles.

  45. Negropolis

    **Tapping gym shoes together**

    There's not place like home; there's not place like home; there's no place…

    And, the winner for the next Darwin Award is…

  46. gurukalehuru

    Puppies are cute. Kittens are cute. Babies are cute, mostly when they're sleeping. Guns are not cute, silly woman. Not even if they are pink. Pink is not enough to make something cute anymore. Dog's dicks are pink. Certain types of vomit are pink.

  47. LiveToServeYa

    The reporter's pen is mightier than Lori's raspberry-pink (gah!) .380 peashooter. Good thing his pen didn't go off accidentally.

  48. BaldarTFlagass

    The reporter really missed his chance at a Lebowski moment.

    Let me tell you something, Senator. You pull any your crazy Republican gun-nut shit with me, you flash your piece out during the interview, I'll take it away from you and stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger til it goes "click".

  49. MLite

    You know, bad PR, like when a disgruntled teenager shoots up his classmates and teachers, or Mexican drug cartels buy assault rifles in America to kill thousands.

  50. guangho

    “It goes with out saying firearms owners are waging a nonstop battle for PR and any type of incident like this is not favorable to the gun-owing public". Clearly that is the moral lesson to be learned from this story about a government official pointing a firearm, with the safety off, at a reporter.

  51. Radiotherapy®

    So just shoot them in the tumor, it's about as effective as radiotherapy.
    Sorry, there is nothing funny about cancer…or the troops…or the wholesale murder of slavs and jews and n'er do wells by the nazi's…or tax hikes for the job creators…

  52. weejee

    At least this jerb creator prefers tax hikes over being shot. This is not to say all jerb poopers feel that way. Clearly, Teatard entremanures would take getting hit by a couple of rounds over a tax hike, but that has a Darwinian upside.

  53. philpjfry

    As a man that owns lots of guns and takes gun safety very seriously, let me say I wish I could give you more than one thumbs up. Regarding the .380, I wouldn't call it a toy, but I am reminded of a Mark Twain passage where two characters are discussing a .25 S&W "If you ever shoot me with that and I find out about it…."

  54. northernbassist

    Haven't run across the technique that involves inserting the trigger finger *into* the trigger guard to assist in extracting the weapon from the holster yet–in fact, that goes against all the training I've had.

    Been shooting for more than 40 years and though my arsenal may not be large, I've never had a negligent discharge. I also prefer to use accessories that are designed for the weapon–believe the man said that he was using his Kimber 1911 in the thumb drive holster; don't see anything but Glocks listed for these holsters.

    It was a bonehead move, but props to the guy for using it to try and educate.

  55. Neilist_Returns

    I must confess — guiltily — to having recently purchased a Colt 1906 Vest Pocket Pistol in .25 cal. ACP. It was manufactured in 1916, so it was a C&R legal here in the People's Republic of California.

    I rarely carry it, however, as I don't think can throw it hard enough to do any damage.

    Even if I hit one of the people in here in their Eggheads . . . .

    Neilist
    Guns Don't Kill People. BULLETS Kill People!!!!!

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