Arizona Strong! John Lyon for Arizona State Senate
In my view, the right of law abiding, mentally competent Americans to defend themselves is a fundamental human right, transcending the US and Arizona Constitutions. With few exceptions, “Weapons Free Zones” unjustifiably violate that right.
It is especially important that licensed parents and staff at elementary and high schools be permitted to carry concealed weapons in and around schools where they work or their children attend. If Dawn Hochsprung, the brave but unarmed principal at Sandy Hook Elementary, had had a .38 in her purse she might have saved 26 lives on December 14, 2012. Instead, a “Weapons Free Zone” provided a madman with a rich trove of helpless victims.
On the other hand, rights are usually accompanied by responsibilities. I feel that the public has a right to demand that individuals carrying concealed firearms have a concealed carry permit, with a background check and mandatory training in the safe, legal handling of weapons.
Alcohol and firearms do not mix. The public has a right to demand that individuals consuming alcohol check their weapons at the door. Any legislation preventing such a requirement should be changed. Of course, sober, licensed staff at restaurants and bars should be permitted to carry concealed or openly.
The world has changed a lot since Americans adopted the Ten Amendments in 1791. Even so, then as now, firearms in the hands of law abiding, mentally competent citizens are crucial to the defense of life, liberty and property. The public must be able to defend itself from criminals, lunatics, terrorists, or foreign invaders. The state should do all it can to promote the training and organizing of armed citizens.
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