Kiehne apologizes for saying mass shooters are Democrats

2014-05-19T11:17:00Z 2014-05-19T11:40:14Z Kiehne apologizes for saying mass shooters are DemocratsBecky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Arizona Congressional District 1 candidate Gary Kiehne issued an apology for the comment he made at a debate in Florence on Saturday.

Kiehne said at the debate: “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. So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans.”

Here's the full text of Kiehne's apology:

"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.

"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. 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."

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