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As I posted at the AZ Republic —

“The budget problem is not a Republican caused or Democrat caused problem, but the result of decisions based on prior expectations of revenue mixed with the global economic crisis and deep recession which forced most families to cut back heavily on their spending, and businesses to cut back on employees — which resulted in less money coming to the state from sales and income taxes. Big problem that required the legislators to make hard decisions — decisions that might make people mad at them. They had months to figure out the best answers or even bad answers, but they didn’t do what needed to be done. The law requires them to enact a balanced budget, so they’ll come up with “something”, but don’t we all deserve better than some “last-minute bailing wire fix just to meet the deadline”?! The leaders did not lead, the rest just sat there waiting for the leaders to give them permission to get involved. It was not an easy task, but it was THEIR job, and they did not do it. I find it insulting that the legislators waited this long — it is a slap in the face of every Arizonan that we do not know whether our state will be open for business tomorrow morning. There is money – just not enough for everything; it was their job to figure out what cuts to make. They would make some people mad no matter which cuts they made, but instead they deserve the wrath of EVERYONE – for not making any tough decisions at all.”

Another opinion piece I posted:

“From the L.A. Times — “The Legislature as a whole does not have the resolve to make the reductions in spending to bring us into balance,” (Senator) Burns said. “We almost need a referral to the ballot to get the mood of voters.” Republicans blame their intra-party fighting on the extraordinary circumstances. “The situation is so dire and the solutions so limited,” (Representative) Adams said in an interview, “that we really get down to core decisions that are very hard to make.”

The legislators are hired to make decisions and balance the budget, but they want the voters to decide instead — and then they probably will still expect us to vote for them to do this all over again?!!!”

What was the legislature doing instead of balancing the state budget as required? They were busy passing gun legislation, as applauded here by the folks who drafted some of the bills that some legislative members then submitted (when I watched the proceedings, this is what was stated by a member of the Pima County Attorney’s office, who spoke against the “defensive display” bill and had tried to discuss concerns with those who drafted the bill – “but they were in Virginia”…)

I’m totally against the idea of concealed weapons in bars, hotels, and restaurants, and don’t think the “defensive display” law is necessary. If any of these “blow up”, we know who besides Russell Pearce to hold responsible —

·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683
Arizona Legislature Sends Three Self-Defense Bills to Governor Brewer
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Fairfax, Va. – The Arizona Senate passed three important self-defense bills in a session that lasted into the early morning hours Wednesday. First, Senate Bill 1113 enables law-abiding right-to-carry permit holders to carry firearms for self-defense in restaurants. This NRA-backed bill passed by an overwhelming, bi-partisan majority of 19-8 and will now be sent to Governor Jan Brewer’s (R) desk for her consideration.

“By adopting this important, common-sense legislation, Arizonans now have the ability to defend themselves and their families from criminal attack in restaurants,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. “Headlines remind us that restaurants are not immune to violent crime and now Arizona will join 40 other states that allow their law-abiding right-to-carry permit holders the opportunity to protect their own lives and the lives of those they love in restaurants.”

SB 1113, introduced by State Senator Jack Harper (R-4), allows concealed carry permit holders to take concealed handguns into restaurants that serve alcohol, with a strict provision prohibiting the permit holders from consuming any alcohol while carrying.

The legislature passed two additional important pro-gun bills expanding law-abiding citizens’ self defense rights. Senator Russell Pearce (R-18) was the lead sponsor of these two measures:
SB 1168, which permits law-abiding individuals to store firearms in locked vehicles while parked on publicly accessible parking lots; and SB 1243, which clarifies the statutory definition of defensive display of a firearm.

“State Senators Jack Harper and Russell Pearce should be applauded for their efforts to pass these critical measures that allow honest, law-abiding Arizonans an opportunity to defend themselves” concluded Cox. “We are hopeful that Governor Brewer will sign these reasonable and sensible bills into law.”


Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military.

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3 responses to “Rants

  1. David says:

    I agree with you 100%. Guns don’t belong anywhere in this modern age, but allowing them in bars is just plain insane. I couldn’t believe it when I heard on the news that any idiot with a permit could carry his or her gun into a bar. It’s suppose to be very safe because the person with the gun isn’t allowed to drink. Right. So what are they doing in a bar?

    • cjswartz says:

      “So what are they doing in a bar?”

      I watched a re-run of the legislative committee taking testimony on this bill, and that question was asked. As I remember it, the answer was that they might be meeting friends or they might be the “designated driver” for a group.

      It was weird to watch people from Pima County Attorney’s Office testify against the bill, and then watch the vote go quickly without any real questioning by members. It looked like they had already made up their minds (I don’t know that) and they voted for passage. I was surprised to find that many other states already have passed somewhat similar laws and it doesn’t seem to have caused the problems that you and I suspect and expect that it will create — but I wouldn’t want to have been someone who voted “Yes” when the first death occurs.

  2. David says:

    It’s madness. This past year the feds passed a bill allowing guns to be carried in national parks.

    Show me someone who goes through life armed and I’ll show you one scary, paranoid human being.

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