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May 19, 2014 - 9:30 am

An Arizona congressional candidate apologized for saying that Democrats are behind most of the mass shootings in the country.

Gary Kiehne, a businessman, is running against state Reps. Adam Kwasman and Andy Tobin for the nomination to face incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.). Kirkpatrick is deemed a vulnerable Dem by both parties’ congressional committees, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has fundraised for Tobin.

At a primary debate Saturday, Kiehne stressed that he owned more guns than the other candidates vying for the GOP nomination.

“If you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people,” Kiehne said in reference to mass shootings. “So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans.”

“This past weekend, I made a comment about the political affiliation of perpetrators of gun violence in the heat of a debate. I’ve since learned that the information that I based the comment off of was inaccurate and incorrect,” Kiehne said in a statement issued by his campaign this morning.

“I’ve always believed that when you make a mistake, you should own up to it. Too many politicians today offer nothing but spin and excuses when they say something they shouldn’t have,” he continued. “I’m not going to do that. Simply put, I shouldn’t have made the comment, and  I want to offer my apology for making it without any reservations.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Why is he apologizing? He's right.
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Klehne shouldn't have apologized, he was essentially correct. Now he is in error.

Apparently, the Democrat personality has a problem controlling destructive urges.
23 weeks ago
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Incorrect only in the percentage (more like 70-80%), and in the fact that most of them are farther to the Left than your average run-o-the-mill Democrat.
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You shouldn't apologize for repeating facts. Democrat voters are involved in more criminal shootings. More of the mentally deranged young men who have plotted and carried out mass killings have been raised by Democrat parents. So -- should we just agree that Democrats shouldn't be allowed to have guns or children? Or maybe we should just outlaw Democrats? Is that going too far? Will that infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Democrats? Can we just call that handful and apologize in advance?
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guidotonti



Gary Kiehne is correct. How many GOP people (or potential GOP, since so many are not old enough to vote) in Chicago died last week? How many of the shooters were (or might potentially become) conservatives or republicans? What about L.A.? Philly? Should we keep going? I'd guess that 90% or more of the murders, especially shootings, are committed by liberals/Democrats or would-be Democrats-as are the victims. The F.B.I. knows. Let's do a FOIA request. Also, a high % of these killings occur in "gun free" cities.
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Gary Kiehne is correct. How many GOP people (or potential GOP, since so many are not old enough to vote) in Chicago died last week? How many of the shooters were (or might potentially become) conservatives or republicans? What about L.A.? Philly? Should we keep going? I'd guess that 90% or more of the murders, especially shootings, are committed by liberals/Democrats or would-be Democrats-as are the victims. The F.B.I. knows. Let's do a FOIA request. Also, a high % of these killings occur in "gun free" cities.
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Stop apologizing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
23 weeks ago
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So tired of mousey, gutless Republicans saying something that the left finds offensive and then abjectly apologizing. Liberals practically NEVER apologize even when they are caught lying.
23 weeks ago
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WTF....
Capital Double-U, Tee-EFF is this guy appologizing for?

Most Major Crimes and every infamous shooting in my lifetime, has been comitted by some form of Democrat Protected/Enabled Species...

Lee Harvey Ozwald? Commie, check.

Sirhan Sirhan? Muslim terrorist, check

Manson Family? Drugged up hippies, check

Jonestown suicide cult? Downtrodden "liberation" Marxists, check

Colin Furgusson, Racist LIRR shooter targets jews and white suburbanites, check.

Kleibold and Harris of Columbine? Selfish, Permissive Progressive Upbringing, drugged up for "behavioral" issues, check.

The DC Sniper? Angry Black Muslim targets whites, check.

Rouge LA Cop on shooting spree? Manifsto full of lefty talking points and media worship, check.

Major Hassan? Radical Muslim treated with kid-gloves, check

Gabby Giffirds shooter? Left wing stoner, check

DC Navy Yard shooter? Black guy with multiple serious weapons abuse priors, check.

Aurora theater shooter?, Drugged up crazy Lefty-professor type, check.

And, most everyday urban gangland shootings are committed by WHO?

White guys in pickup tricks? Silver haired, blue suit, red tie 1% ers?

No. Democrats OWN gun violence in this country...its people who THINK like them, who get SUBSIDIZED by them, who get COURTED by them, that do 90% of it...

When the truth is no longer permissable to speak, you've lost the election.

STOP. ACCEPTING. THEIR. NARRATIVE.

Democrats are behind most shootings...

And dont EVER appologize when you point that out.









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Actually, I think the Muslem murderers are actually on the right. After all, they want to take us back 2000 years so that they can treat women like chattel. Having said that, they are *not* Republicans.
23 weeks ago
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Looks like you don't know much about what constitutes "right" and "left".

23 weeks ago
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Hmmmm. Should we include leftist radicals who blew up buildings and murdered cops and armored truck guards?
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We've got to stop this damn apologizing to everyone. Muslims, leftists,
Disenchanted losers, illegal aliens, homo-fascists, and welfare junkies...
Say what we mean and mean what we say.
No apologies. No regrets. No prisoners. Play to win
Or roll over and surrender !
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Technically, he would have been correct -- although it would have made for a less-pungent soundbite -- had he said that none of the mass shooters were Republicans.

He was quite correct in saying that it's not Republican gun owners we need to be worried about.

That's not to say that no Republican will ever perpetrate such an event. People do all kinds of things. But that's certainly not the way to bet. Staying in the vein of what Mr. Kiehne was apparently trying to say, we'd save a heck of a lot more lives by disarming all Democrats than we would by disarming all Republicans. Disarming all Democrats would also not take as long.

And for the record: I am NOT advocating the disarming of Democrats. Democrats have a right to defend themselves too. But it's funny that the ones who talk the most about disarming law-abiding citizens -- that is to say, Democrats -- are also the ones who, overwhelmingly, perpetrate the attacks Democrats seem to be afraid of.
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Why is he apologizing? He's right.
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Harris and Kleebold's families were, I believe, both active in the Democrat Party. As was Lanza's mother. Not sure about Holmes. There was a report that he was, which was retracted as apparently he was not registered to vote. Cruising Troll has the truth of it though, by including allies of the Democrats farther to the Left, especially if you include mentally ill/drug addicted.

Subotai Bahadur
23 weeks ago
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And even attacks that turned out not to be mass (Floyd Lee Corkins, James Jay Lee) were by people whose political views were on the far left.
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