Arizona: 'It's Like the Old Wild West'

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Flags of Arizona and the U.S. (flickr user Surat Lozowick (cc:by-nc-sa))

Two months have passed since the deadly shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead, thirteen wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and a nation shaken. In response to that horrific event, many proposals are out there to reform gun laws — but not all of them are what you might expect. In Arizona, there are a number of bills under discussion that would expand gun rights, including allowing concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses. How are Arizona residents reacting to this trend?

Comments [2]

I think that that all right-wing psychopaths should move to Arizona and support a movement for Arizona's secession from civilized society.

For myself, I'm out of this state.

Mar. 10 2011 09:33 AM
Bill Barnes

There has been some discussion prior to and especially following the shootings in Tucson regarding banning concealed carry, or oversized magazines which, for the most part, to my understanding, have been ruled unconstitutional to varying degrees.
What about a law allowing for the prosecution of anyone using a firearm in the commission of a crime to the extent of, say, the charging of one count of attempted manslaughter, or something similar, for every round of ammunition carried to the scene of the crime. If someone wants to use an assault weapon with a thirty or sixty round clip or a pistol with an extended ten or fifteen round magazine they should expect to be charged with that many counts of attempted "whatever" regardless of how many shots they got off before being apprehended.
If the law wanted to be especially lenient it could allow for the total rounds carried to be divided by two or three to allow for a perpetrator's poor aim.

Mar. 09 2011 12:55 PM

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