Arizona constituents of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) offered him a bouquet of 19 roses as a token of gratitude for his vote in favor of background checks gun bill last month.
While speaking at a town hall in Oro Valley, Ariz., McCain took questions from the audience regarding the Boston bombers and his “Gang of Eight” immigration bill. Then, Pam Simon, a Tucson shooting victim and former Gabby Giffords staffer, stood up to offer words of thanks.
"I would like to thank you so much for your vote on background checks," Simon said, to a loud applause for the Senator. Simon was shot through the arm by Jared Loughner, the Jan. 2011 Tucson shooter. The bullet when into her chest, but she was able to survive.
"It seems like background checks are absolutely common sense," she said. "Can you shed some light on why who voted against background checks did so?
McCain didn’t offer any insight, but did say that there will likely be a similar bill introduced to Congress soon. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) voted ‘no’ as a procedural strategic move in order to preserve the option of re-introducing it.
McCain was only one of four Republicans to cross the aisle while voting on this bi-partisan bill.
After the event, Simon and other survivors of the shooting took McCain aside before the reporters to present him with 19 red roses, representing the thirteen victims who were injured in the Tucson shooting and the six who died.