National Vigils in Arizona to End Gun Violence




These vigils are sponsored by Arizonans for Gun Safety, in conjunction with the National Vigil.

Carolyn’s note: In light of the recent mass shootings in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Savannah, Georgia; and San Bernardino, California — these might be vigils to attend, also in memory of those lost in the Tucson Tragedy of January 8, 2011, where 6 died and 13 were wounded by a gunman, including then CD 8 Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Perhaps, Arizona and other states, should require gun owners to have liability insurance for the protection of those who accidentally get killed or wounded or maimed by the gun owners’ weapons. You must have a registered gun to get insurance and without that insurance, prior to delivery of the weapon, no weapon will be issued. Same as a car.

  2. A more effective way to help end gun violence is putting anyone who commits a crime with gun in prison for 10 years. something tells me my fellow bloggers would rather light a candle since the democratic party’s job is to get young black men out of jail not put more in jail so we have to light candles and support strict gun control that doesn’t put more young black men in jail.

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