We’re all less safe with the veto of the well-written no-guns-in- buildings law, incorrectly labeled by the media and rights-deniers as the “guns-in-buildings” law.
Now, instead of guaranteeing that sensitive places — guarded by metal detectors, controlled access and guards — are truly gun-free, we can only merrily believe wide-open buildings with no-gun signs — and absolutely no controls — are gun-free. It’s Pollyanna on steroids.
Truly sensitive buildings that should be protected needed that law and the safeguards it provided. Now, all we get are feckless paper signs.
Make no mistake: Libraries, public schools and public buildings are stark-naked targets. No guards, no scanners, we won’t even have law- abiding, armed adults present to respond, which the vetoed bill authorized. Gun bigots did this by falsely screaming, again, that the bill would magically turn good people into psychotic killers.
Complicit media concurred.
Remember — police are second responders. People assaulted are always the first responders, despite deceptive “news” reports. When seconds count, police are just minutes away.
Now you have gaping open public places, without even your own Auntie Annie there to offer defense. Shame on those who would deny our civil rights in the false name of safety.
— Alan Korwin is the author of “The Arizona Gun Owner’s Guide.”