Even if Arizona lucks out and elects a lion hearted governor, it’ll still take herculean commitment to cut controlling ties to various federal programs. With summer primaries revving up, think of the gutsy governors of Utah, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Texas. Their courage is remarkable.
Another senseless act of mass violence in California (a state with some of the more restrictive gun laws in the USA) and we see the now repeated call for more gun control. A friend of mine reposted a Facebook comment from comedian John Oliver (I had no idea who John Oliver was until I researched and found out he’s now part of “The Daily Show” — go figure) that “One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in the regulation of guns.”
Mistakenly labeled the “guns-everywhere” bill by gun control advocates, a recently-enacted Georgia law opens churches, sports arenas, recreation centers and other formerly gun-banned spaces to gun-carrying occupants. It’s still not “guns everywhere,” however. It’s “guns almost everywhere.” And as nothing else could, the glaringly significant exception betrays the gun lobby’s lying hypocrisy.
The conflict in Iraq is all but over. The vast majority of troops are home, and the fighting has died down considerably. However, one man continues to battle, inspired by the war to make changes here at home.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald