Arizona Republican State Senator Lori Klein's job fitness is being called into question, after she allegedly pointed her laser-sighted, raspberry-pink, loaded .380 Ruger at the chest of Arizona Republic journalist Richard Ruelas.
The incident was related as part of the newspaper's five-part series on gun ownership in The Grand Canyon State. While being interviewed in a lounge at the state Capitol building, Klein said, "Oh, it's so cute," and proceeded to point the gun, which has no safety, at Ruelas. The mother-of-three, who says she's had informal gun-training sessions, told Ruelas not to worry because she didn't have her "hand on the trigger." And she later denied pointing the pretty, but deadly, weapon directly at Ruelas, and claimed that he sat down in front of the weapon. And if the gun had accidentally discharged, she probably would have said that his chest struck her bullet.
This isn't the first time Klein has made headlines with her gun; back in January, she ill-advisedly brought her piece into the Legislature mere days after the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Klein's fellow State Senator, Democrat Steve Gallardo, said the first-termer's (and possibly last-termer's) actions were "totally irresponsible," and local gun-range master Rob Mermelstein said that what Klein did was "unconscionable," and that "whoever would do something like that needs to have a better grounding in gun safety before ever laying a hand on a firearm."
If reporters have to start wearing bulletproof vests when interviewing politicians, we'll be very upset.