Arizona State Senator Linda Gray recently said that the Tucson shootings weren't caused by lax gun control laws, but a culture of violence.. and abortion. Yes, you have read that right, ABORTION. She later distanced herself slightly from her comments. How abortion factors into the equation I’m not sure, but politicians do so enjoy tying irrelevant things to tragedies to score political points..
"The problem is not the gun, but about respect for all human life, from the unborn, a 9 year old child, a senior citizen or a political leader," Gray told Raw Story, by e-mail. "The shooter had no respect for the value of any these innocent citizens who were injured or killed."
"Our children are bombarded with TV programming showing a multitude of killings," she continued in the e-mail. "Children are given games to play in which they earn points for killing people. Where are the TV programs that promote good role models? ... Children are becoming more desensitized and complacent toward their own violent acts and those of others."
Gray backed off a comment she made a week ago on GWU Radio's "Political Pulse" program, tying the Tucson killings to the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling.
"My lead comment when asked what are lawmakers going to do about stricter gun control was, it begins with respect for human life," she said. "There is no connection to the Tucson Tragedy and the court decision of Roe v Wade. The comment was focused on respect for all humans, including the unborn."
Arizona's gun laws are not very strict and the level of checks and hurdles purchasers face may have had something to with Jared Loughner's easy access to a legally purchased handgun. For one, state law does not require permits to purchase a handgun, shotgun, or rifle and background checks only look for individuals convicted of a crime or found to have a mental illness by a court. The state also lets people carry concealed weapons in public without a permit, and allows guns in bars.
Source: Raw Story