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Tucson shooting survivor escorted from Senate chamber

After U.S. senators blocked a recent provision that would require background checks for gun purchases, an angry Arizonan was escorted from the building for speaking her mind.

The Huffington Post reported that Patricia Maisch, a witness to the Tuscon shooting that left Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords heavily wounded, told the U.S. Senate they should be ashamed of themselves for voting against a provision requiring background checks for gun sales.

During Jared Loughner’s assault on Gifford during her “Congress On Your Corner” event, Maisch was able to grab an ammunition clip away from Loughner after he was tackled by multiple bystanders.

After being escorted from the capital, Maisch continued to speak her mind to surrounding reporters.

“When I was told it was done, I decided that I could not stay still any longer, that they need to be ashamed of themselves,” she said. “They have no souls. They have no compassion for the experiences that people have lived through … [having] a child or loved one murdered by a gun. They say that it’s not the gun, it’s the man. I’m here to tell you … The man and the gun become intimate and they cannot do the act without each other. So the gun is part of the problem.”


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