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He said / she said

Remember when an AZ state senator pointed a gun at a reporter? She tells a different version:

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.

I put bold around the last sentence because the media omits that little bit from it’s reprint of her release for some reason.

Now, who hasn’t shown a gun to someone curious about it? Sure, stop touching it and all. But people do show other people their guns. And I hope the wall she pointed it at was a safe direction.

4 Responses to “He said / she said”

  1. Weer'd Beard Says:

    Still unless the gun can be cleared and in a controlled environment, best to show the gun while its still in a holster.

  2. Justin Buist Says:

    She’s an idiot. Here’s audio from the meeting.

    Henle: It has a laser on it?

    Klein: Yeah. Yeah. I showed it to you.

    Henle: I didn’t see the laser part.

    (Simultaneous) Klein: I pointed it at him.

    (Simultaneous) Ruelas: She pointed it at me.


  3. HardC0rps Says:

    Two creatures whose purpose is to destroy my way of life and reduce my freedoms conducting idiotic activities where one could have been in great physical danger?

    Sounds like a win.

  4. refugee Says:

    “He said/she said”, exactly.

    And, yeah, HardC0rps, neither of these creatures is remotely on my side.

    Justin, I can easily imagine that “pointed” exchange occurring in a rather casual way if the reporter moved in front of the gun while maneuvering for a better view, it would be more natural to talk about the gun, rather than his movement.

    I can’t tell from the audio if he moved or not. I doubt it was deliberate on his part. I doubt that she deliberately pointed the gun at him, either, although of course she bears responsibility.

    I admit, though, if I have to choose who to believe, I’ll lean towards the gunnie, not the reporter. (Who, incidentally, I thought was from the Huffington post. No, wrong there, too.)