Bipartisan Sanity in the Arizona State Senate: No Firearms on School Grounds

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In a profile in courage against the National Russ… Rifle Association, Republican State Senators Kate Brophy McGee (from LD 28) and Heather Carter (LD 15) provided the crucial swing votes in defeating a measure (House Bill 2693,) sponsored by LD 12 State Representative Warren Petersen that proposed allowing individuals to store weapons in their vehicles while parked on school grounds.

In an earlier piece commenting on this idea as it made its way through the State House, it was pointed out that only tragedies could result if this measure became law.

On hearing of the Senate Rejection of the measure, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman commented that:

“I’m glad the Senate made the sensible choice in voting down this bill. Our goal should be less guns on school campuses, not more.”

Educator and former LD 15 State House Candidate Jennifer Samuels stated that:

“I applaud the rejection of firearms on school grounds. We must continue to make these kind of decisions to ensure the safety of our community’s schools.”

Educator and former/current LD 23 House Candidate Eric Kurland relayed that:

“Adult behavior has been on the decline this decade and we all need to be better. Let’s start by giving our kids the safest possible environment. Schools need to remain gun-free zones.”

Moving forward, It would be better to focus on investing resources in counselors, psychologists, and other areas that prevent school violence. Hopefully, the bipartisan spirit exhibited in the rejection of this poorly conceived bill sanctioned by the National Russ…Rifle Association will carry over towards budget negotiations that will provide better care, resources, and services for our state’s children.

 

 

 

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Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.