By Dean Weingarten
Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)-
In Arizona, a few women and children lobbied Governor Brewer to veto legislation designed to help keep people safe in the state. John Lott, one of the foremost researchers on the effects of legislation restricting access to defense options, has noted that the vast majority of public mass shootings occur in gun free zones. From a nationalreview.com interview:
Lott offers a final damning statistic: “With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”
The law in Arizona is designed to insure that if law abiding people are disarmed in a particular location, then there must be a reasonable attempt to insure that criminals are also screened for carrying weapons. Public buildings would not be allowed to ban licensed people from carrying arms unless security measures such as metal detectors and armed guards are in place. The Kansas legislature passed a nearly identical bill into law in 2013. A similar bill passed the legislature last year, but was vetoed by Governor Brewer. Some speculated that it was vetoed under pressure from Arizona educators. This year the legislation exempts universities and colleges from the requirements.
The bill, HB2339 passed 34 to 22 in the House and 16 to 12 in the Senate. Governor Brewer has until the end of today, 22 April, 2014, to either sign the bill, veto it, or allow it to become law without her signature.
I watched the news event on video from azcentral.com. I counted six children and six adults, though the video was not designed to give a count. One of the women had lost a child in a drive by shooting several years ago. I am not sure what that has to do with the current bill. Concealed carry permit holders are more responsible with their weapons than police. But, this lobbying is not rational or logical. It is emotional, by design.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.