Tucson survivor: Senators against background checks have no soul

By David Ferguson
Thursday, April 18, 2013 9:20 EDT
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A woman who survived the 2011 shooting incident that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and killed six others told Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that she is angered and disgusted with members of the U.S. Senate who filibustered a vote on expanded background checks.

Patricia Maisch, the woman who wrested an additional magazine out of Jared Loughner’s hands on January 8, 2011, saving an unknown number of lives that day, shouted, “Shame on you!” in the Senate chamber on Wednesday after legislators failed to ratify expanded background checks for firearm purchases.

The Senate is currently assembling a gun safety legislative package and many hoped that checks would be a part of it.

“We didn’t know where it was going to go today,” she said to Maddow Wednesday night. “We were hopeful that we would get a successful bill, but, obviously, we didn’t.”

“It just made me really angry,” she continued. “I feel like those Senators that voted ‘no’ have no soul. After the shootings in Newtown and Aurora and Tucson, at the Sikh temple, at Columbine, at Virginia Tech. This should have been a problem taken care of years ago.”

Maisch said that she feels that eventually the will of the U.S. people will prevail, and that politicians should strive for “an A-plus rating from their constituents and stop pandering to get an A-plus rating from the NRA.”

Maddow thanked Maisch for coming, and also for “grabbing the damn magazine from the kid that day.”

“Thank you,” said Maisch. “It was my pleasure.”

Watch the video, embedded via MSNBC, below:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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