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A recent opinion was published in the AFN indicating that we at AZ PASS (Arizona People Acting for a Safer Society), a local grass-roots organization dedicated to reducing gun violence, have only “smoke and mirrors” behind our views.
The monthly meeting of Democrats and Donuts, hosted by LD 18 Democrats, featured guest speaker Mary Berg on Wednesday morning at Biscuits in Ahwatukee.
A recent opinion regarding violence by John Chiazza (“Why does society ignore our grave gun disease,” AFN, Sept. 25) is not supported by data. Stricter gun laws will not reduce gun violence when many of the recent mass shootings are caused by individuals with mental illness and/or a broken family. He mentions nothing about addressing the mental health issues that are ever increasing in today’s society. Stricter gun laws don’t solve the root cause. Chicago, New York City, and California have the most stringent gun laws in the nation and just happen to also have the highest gun violence in the nation. People in Mexico are not permitted to own guns. How does that help prevent the gun violence by the drug cartels?
With another violent mass shooting at the navy yard in D.C. we must again look at why our sick society continues to ignore the grave society gun disease we have in this country. This recent mass shooting is the result of a ignorant society doing nothing about the problem. This is not a Democratic or Republican political issue, nor a right or left issue. It is a disease that is killing many of our citizens. The bloodshed from gun violence and mental health issues is on all of our hands, since we as voters continue to elect political officials that consistently vote against any kind of gun control. We as a society should be saying enough is enough.
Mr. Bryan Brinkley of Arizona People Acting for a Safer Society (AZ PASS) wrote a guest commentary in the AFN on Aug. 30, titled “Should guns be loved more than other people?” in which he seems to be offended that AFN published two rebuttals by a “loud minority in the community” to the stance that he and his organization represent.
As African-American males in Arizona, we are stunned though not altogether surprised at the bold assumptions, presumptions, and downright racist stereotypes Linda Turley-Hansen offers in “Not racism, and not guns; it’s moral absence that’s doing the killing” (AFN, Sept. 6).
The AFN has now published two rebuttals to a guest comment by AZ PASS Chair Ellen Davis following the Zimmerman verdict in Florida. Ms. Davis asked us if we wanted a society in which aggressive gun-toting people get to shoot the rest of us without a fear of legal consequence?
1. On Aug. 13 at 6 a.m. police took a report of a domestic violence related assault in the 4200 block of East Ray Road.
It’s pathetic that the anti-gun folks feel the need to misconstrue the facts in order to further their agendas. If indeed the Martin/Zimmerman tragedy had happened the way Ellen B. Davis stated (“Do we want to live in a state where aggressive people are free to use guns?,” AFN, July 19) Mr. Zimmerman would have been convicted. End of story. Fortunately, the justice system worked.
A while ago Obama made a comment that went like this: “We have laws that have been around for almost 250 years. At first they served us pretty well, but now things have changed. It is about time that we have collective laws and eliminate these others.”
I’ve known Jerry for more than 40 years. We met through a mutual friend in high school, albeit an unlikely match: Jerry was a star athlete in three sports and I was a nerd who wrote for the school paper and belonged to the Ecology Club. The most obvious difference between us, however, is that Jerry is an African-American.
Gun violence in our country may collectively cost us up to nearly $200 billion each year, according to a study based on 2010 data by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, an independent public safety research group used by the Centers for Disease Control and other government agencies. That’s pretty expensive.
In her June 2 AFN commentary, Ellen Davis states that “AZPASS is asking only for sensible laws.”
Let me add a few points in support of Don Kennedy’s May 15 AFN guest commentary (“Why the resistance to background checks and why the need for semi-automatics?”).
Rock-star Ted Nugent has extravagant praise for National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s alleged patriotism. “LaPierre,” says Nugent, “resembles our forefathers who stood on Concord bridge and risked all to give birth to a truly free, independent America.”
An anonymous donation is keeping the Phoenix gun buyback program going for one final Saturday, May 18.
When my wife and I tried to park in the designated visitor parking area at Sen. Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office recently, we were told by security to leave or our car would be towed. When we questioned this, as we were there to join with others to hold him accountable for his vote against universal background checks for gun purchases, we were told parking there was for office tenants only. As we were pulling out of the parking lot, security people began blocking all entrances to the parking lot with pick-up trucks and chains.
In Bryan Brinkley’s letter to the editor (“Richardson’s arguments are absurd,” AFN, May 3) he indicates that he is a man of the law. Then let him try this one on: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
On April 17, a bi-partisan piece of legislation, which included “common sense reforms” to help address gun violence, was defeated in the U.S. Senate.
As the gun debate stirs and emotions rise higher and higher, we tend to leave ration and logic out of the subsequent efforts to address what is an important public issue. Emotionally charged solutions seldom fix anything. They simply make a lot of people feel like something positive is being done but they truly accomplish nothing. And marching out victims to use as props for your initiative is a shameless political ploy. Politicians are great at using emotional issues to push their pet plans. Most of the efforts currently in flight to answer the recent tragedies in Colorado, Arizona, Connecticut (all very liberal enclaves I might add) are labeled as “Gun Safety” and “Gun Violence” initiatives. Looking at those terms, who is not for Gun Safety? And who is not for ending Gun Violence?
I just read the article “Ahwatukee residents petition encourages ban on assault weapons” in the April 12 AFN.
California has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. In addition to the over 9,000 federal gun laws, California has also enacted many laws at the state level, including ban on high-capacity magazines, ban on “assault weapons,” waiting period on gun purchases, an approved handgun list — handguns must be certified by the state before they can cross the state line, private party sales require transfer via a licensed dealer, identification of “gun free zones” and many others.
As we survey the panoply of absurd ideas our legislators, both state and national, face from special interest groups these days, we have to wonder what has become of that rare commodity: common sense.
Bill Richardson presents thoughtful perspectives on our national debate regarding gun control (“How is an illusion going to make us safer?,” AFN, March 22).
Saying it's nobody business, state lawmakers are poised to keep local governments -- and anyone else -- from finding out who owns a gun.