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Capitol Quotes: April 19, 2013

“It’s hard not to agree with ‘The Daily Show’ when they pointed out it might be safer to be a gun in this state than a child.” — Sen. David Bradley, D-Tucson, on a bill to ban cities from destroying firearms turned over to police.

“Many here in this body want to blame 30-round magazines and semiautomatic weapons for violence . . . Unfortunately murder, violence and insanity are built into the human condition and likely always will be. What we really need is crime control.” — Sen. Judy Burges, R-Skull Valley, supporting a bill to ban cities from destroying firearms.

“The governor is showing she is not on the side of consumers. She’s on the side of big hospitals.” — Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, on Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of Barto’s bill to force health care providers to publicly show their prices.

“I burned a candle in sadness at the limits that protected my bank account that are now gone.” — Lobbyist Stan Barnes, joking about the potential effects of higher campaign contribution limits.

“My wife will be very disappointed as they open up the limits. It’s kind of like being in a car wreck and being happy that you got a concussion instead of a brain injury. It’s not fatal but it’s miserable.” — Lobbyist Gibson McKay on dealing with higher campaign contribution limits.

“Our principal… interviewed all the students in the classroom and they verified that the teacher had not said any of those kinds of things to the students.” — John Morales, executive director of the council that oversees the EOC Charter High School in Yuma, responding to allegations by Sen. Don Shooter that the teacher bullied his grandson.

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