Only one Arizona legislator had the courage to stand up against gun violence: Rep. Randy Friese, a Democrat from Tucson. Watch the 4-minute YouTube video or read the transcript below as he calls for his colleagues to act, just days after the Parkland, FL, mass murders.
Friese had introduced HB2023 to ban bump stocks, but he could not get it heard in the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee where it was assigned. He used procedural motion to bring the measure directly to the House floor for a vote. But Rep. John Allen, a Republican from Scottdale, used a second motion to stop it from being debated.
Every Republican member of the Arizona House voted against gun safety, refusing even to hear the bill against bump stocks.
The GOP legislators are intentionally out of touch with the electorate:
- 72% of registered voters support a ban on bump stocks.
- 88% of Americans support universal background checks.
- 81% think that a person should be at least 21 to buy a gun.
- 70% endorse a ban on high-capacity magazines.
- 68% support a ban on assault weapons.
Rep. Friese’s speech on the Arizona House floor is truly a profile in courage.
We are facing an epidemic of gun violence. And this violence is everywhere, unfortunately, it’s in our schools. It’s touching the lives of children. We must act. The country is waiting for us to act. The time is now. We have an obligation to take action, we have a mandate to take action, we have the authority to take action. If we don’t recognize our authority to take action, we are failing. We are failing our country, we are failing our children, we are failing our students.
There are students in Florida today, since the last mass killings in schools, that have shown more leadership and courage than legislators across the country, than people who represent us in DC. I congratulate those young people. I ask us to be responsible to them and what they are asking us to do.
AZ State Rep. Eddie Farnsworth is stonewalling gun safety legislation. He is some kind of weird gun worshipper.
A gunman in Las Vegas opened fire on the crowd at a music festival last Oct 1. murdering 58 people and injuring 851 more. During the horrific crime, the shooter fired more than 1,100 rounds from his hotel room using a “bump fire” stock to turn a rifle into an automatic weapon.
Today, a GOP legislator in the Arizona state house is blocking a bill that would outlaw bump stock devices and trigger cranks, defying popular support for this common-sense gun safety measure.
Republican state Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, who is the Chair of the state Judiciary and Public Safety Committee said that the bill will NOT get a hearing, because he thinks it’s a waste of time and personally doesn’t support it.
However, the general public is interested in having this bill heard, according to the organization Gun Violence Prevention Arizona.
The bill, HB 2023, was introduced in January by state Democratic Rep. Randy Friese and Rep. Daniel Hernandez, both of Tucson. Friese, who is a trauma surgeon, saved the life of then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head at a supermarket parking lot in 2011. Hernandez, who was an intern in her office at the time, held his hand over Giffords’ wound to slow the bleeding.
Voters in Arizona can contact Farnsworth to demand a hearing on the bill, by: Continue reading
Posted in Arizona State Legislature, Crime, Gun Policies, Larry Bodine, Law Enforcement, Legislation
Tagged bump stocks, Daniel Hernandez, Daniel Hernandez Jr., Eddie Farnsworth, gun safety, Randy Friese, trigger crank
Pamela Powers Hannley, LD9 candidate for House, giving a pep talk before the Monday canvass.
Working out of three regional offices, Democratic Party volunteers have been fanning across Southern Arizona to find every last vote possible.
There are volunteer opportunities for walkers and phone bankers today — Election Day– from the main headquarters, the NW LD9 headquarters on Oracle, and the South Side headquarters.
Help us get out the vote, and then, at 7 p.m., let’s celebrate the fruits of our labor at the University Marriott.
LD9 Rep. Randy Friese with an early morning sign wave on Election Day.
Teacher’s union AFT-AZ (Arizona Federation of Teachers – AZ) has issued endorsements statewide for the General Election 2016. Below is the Southern Arizona list, being as they will be hosting a Bring Out the Vote Rally on Friday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. at Los Portales Cocina Mexicana, 2615 S. 6th Avenue in South Tucson.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged AFL-CIO, AFT-AZ, American Federation of Teachers, Andrea Dalessandro, Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona Federation of Teachers - AZ, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, Corin Hammond, Daniel Hernandez Jr. Stefanie Mach, Dustin Williams, Kirsten Engel, Lori Riegel, Los Portales Cocina Mexicana, Luis Gonzales, Matt Heinz, Ralph Atchue, Randy Friese, Tom O'Halleran
Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission held 2 debates recently in Southern Arizona. The LD 9 House debate was held at PCC Northwest campus on Oct. 14 and the LD 10 Senate & House debates were held at PCC District Office on Oct. 18.
LD 9: Rep.Randy Friese (D), Pam Powers Hannley (D) and Ana Henderson (R), seeking 2 House seats.
Rep. Matt Kopec (D), who was appointed to this seat in January, was defeated in the Democratic primary on August 30 by Hannley. State Senator Steve Farley in LD 9 is running unopposed.
Watch LD 9 video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVUJdERwUAM&feature=share
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged Ana Henderson, Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Bruce Wheeler, David Bradley, Kirsten Engel, LD 9, LD10, Matt Kopec, Pam Powers Hannley, Randall Phelps, Randy Friese, Stefanie Mach, Steve Farley, Todd Clodfelter