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Arizona State Sen. Lori Klein pointed a loaded Ruger pistol at a reporter from the Arizona Republic during an interview yesterday. According to the reporter, Richard Ruelas, Klein pointed the compact gun at his chest not to threaten or frighten him, but to show off the pink pistol’s laser sight.

Klein maintains that Ruelas was in no danger, even though the gun was fully loaded and has no safety, since she didn’t put her finger on the trigger. But even gun-rights supporters were quick to criticize Klein, who has never had formal gun-safety training.

“Whoever would do something like that needs to have a better grounding in gun safety before ever laying a hand on a firearm,” Rob Mermelstein, range master at the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club, told the Arizona Guardian. The number one rule of gun safety, at least according to the NRA, is to always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

Klein could face criminal charges for her reckless decision to point the gun at Ruelas. “Generally speaking,” longtime defense attorney Robert Kavanaugh explained to the Arizona Republic, “when a person points a gun at someone that’s considered an aggravated assault,” which is a felony charge.

This is not the first time Klein’s taste for guns has caused controversy. On January 10, two days after the tragic shooting that seriously wounded Arizona Sen. Gabriel Giffords, Klein tried to bring her loaded pistol into the state capitol. When she was stopped by security, she insisted she had a right to carry a concealed firearm into the capitol building. Since the Arizona Senate actually allows members to carry concealed firearms in the chamber, she was eventually allowed in.

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Madison Cawthorn

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The Republican party seems to be having trouble trying to be the Christian Taliban and hating on LGBT people when they’ve got Rep. Madison Cawthorn in their ranks. His presence is making it so much harder for them to suppress their inner self-loathing--homosexuality and moral hypocrisy.

We all know politicians secretly love illicit drugs as much as taking bribes or paying off strippers they knocked up, so you have to give Cawthorn some credit for being honest. However, any creditability as a human he might have goes out the window when you consider his hatred and policies toward the LGBT community while, hypocritically enough, he engages in homosexual acts himself.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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