Shooter claims he frightened teacher and students because of concern over bullying; doesn’t realize the irony


By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings


When reports surfaced that he stormed into a school in Yuma, scaring a teacher and a classroom full of students, State Sen. Don Shooter (R-Yuma) chose to remain silent, declining to comment when reporters contacted him.

He changed his mind on Friday.

From the Arizona Capitol Times, written by Ben Giles –

A visibly upset Sen. Don Shooter entered a classroom against a school  official’s will and verbally confronted a teacher during class, frightening the  students and the teacher, Yuma police reported. 

The teacher is pursuing an assault charge against the senator, according to  the police report. 

Shooter initially declined to comment.   This morning, he issued a  statement saying:  “Don Shooter, as a concerned grandfather, went to his  grandson’s school to discuss several incidents of alleged bullying by a teacher.  Mr. Shooter has since spoken to the principal and both parties are working to  help his grandson.”

That's niiiiiice.

Here it is, March of 2013, and there's a grandfather who is willing to go to any length, face any foe, no matter how young or how frightened, to protect his (allegedly) bullied grandson.

Of course, in March of 2012, that grandfather was nowhere to be found when SB1462 came to a vote.

[cue up the irony]

That bill was designed to address bullying in schools.

[end irony]

Apparently, Shooter's grandson wasn't an issue in 2012; Shooter voted against the measure.


Now, Arizona's Republicans shouldn't fret – this incident, no matter how it plays out, shouldn't affect Shooter's work in the state senate.  He probably won't lose his committee chairmanship. 

After all, he's the chair of the Senate "Appropriations" Committee, not the Senate "Appropriate Behavior" Committee.


Note1:  If such a committee actually existed, they'd have to dig deep to find enough Rs to serve on the committee.

Note2: In 2012, SB1462 passed the Arizona Senate, only to be publicly, and painfully, killed by lobbyist/unelected but de facto legislator Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Theocracy Policy.

Who has been busy this year, too.


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  1. Amazing how Cathi Herrod can be so “holier than thou” when she doesn’t tolerate, let alone embrace all of God’s creatures – yes Cathi, those creatures include GLBTQ people. Am I the only person who sees her for the hypocrit that she is???

  2. The Arizona Republic’s Political Insider reported last Sunday,

    “Putting the ‘shoot’ in Shooter … The Legislature’s No. 1 good-time guy, Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, finds new ways to bring merriment to the chambers. Last week, he strapped his gun to his belt and sashayed into a House hearing room, where his buddies Reps. David Stevens and David Gowan were sitting on the Technology and Infrastructure Committee.

    “I hope you guys like my bill,” Shooter said he teased the lawmakers, as he pulled back his suit jacket to show his piece.

    They did — the bill passed — but a security guard told Shooter he needed to leave because the House has a no-guns policy. Shooter quickly complied but clarified he had permission from the House’s sergeant-at-arms to carry. And the sergeant-at-arms got his OK from House leadership.

    So, once again, we encounter the double standard at the Capitol: The rules, it appears, are for everyone else to follow.”

    Now imagine Shooter had done the same thing with this teacher at his grandson’s school. Not so “funny” now, is it?

    The Arizona legislature is about to enact a bill, supported by Don Shooter, to arm school personnel in rural schools. The next time he pulls this stunt he may be facing a teacher who is armed.