Giffords Boasted of Her Prowess With a Glock
Startling comment highlights Arizona passion for weapons
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2011 3:05 AM CST
Fans pause during a moment of silence for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other Tuscon shooting victims before the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game in Phoenix yesterday.   (AP Photo/Matt York)

(Newser) – Assassination target Rep. Gabrielle Giffords boasted in an interview last year: "I have a Glock 9 millimeter and I'm a pretty good shot." The startling comment coming from a woman who would soon be a shooting victim of the same gun model reveals perhaps the one thing she has in common with her attacker: gun possession in a state obsessed with Americans' right to pack a weapon. Giffords' ability with a gun didn't save her in the attack by suspected gunman Jared Lee Loughner, but likely won her votes and is a testament to "the passionate gun culture in Arizona, which crosses political lines and is notable for its fierceness, even in the West," reports the New York Times.

The federal judge killed in the Tucson shooting regularly took pistol lessons at a shooting range, and a doctor who operated on Giffords is a member of a shooting club where law enforcement officers regularly practice. Arizona's gun laws are among the loosest in the nation—the state doesn't require a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Many Arizonans see the tragedy as more reason, not less, to pack a gun. The big mistake the judge made, one gun owner told the Times, is that he "probably didn't have his gun" because he'd just been to church.

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Spudsy
Jan 11, 2011 3:43 PM CST
What the hell is the point of this story? So it is okay to shoot her because she takes target practice? And that comment is "startlng"?
BCto
Jan 11, 2011 9:01 AM CST
you can be the best damn shot in the world but it wont make you bullet proof. I wonder when people will realize that guns don't bring anything but death, thats what they were designed for and thats what they do.
RidersOnTheStorm
Jan 11, 2011 5:53 AM CST
Dylan's song prophetic in this case: Mama, take this badge off of me I can't use it anymore It's getting dark, too dark for me to see I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door... Mama, put my guns in the ground I can't shoot them anymore That long black cloud is comin' down I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door... Mama, wipe the blood from my face I can't see through it anymore It's a feeling that I just can't trace I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door...