Quantcast
Home / legislature / Arizona lawmaker sorry for comments about minorities, guns

Arizona lawmaker sorry for comments about minorities, guns

Arizona state Rep. Jay Lawrence is apologizing for saying that black and Hispanic communities “are better armed than the police officers who are supposed to be controlling them” and that they “have firearms galore.”
The Scottsdale Republican said Monday that he “shouldn’t have singled out specific communities.” He issued a statement saying he didn’t intend to denigrate or offend anyone. He also says he’s glad the incident taught him to choose his words more carefully.
The comments at an Aug. 29 forum on gun control were roundly denounced by Democrats.
Lawrence earlier said his comments were unfair and too broad, and that he should have been clear that he was concerned about gangs in those communities.  The Arizona Science Center removed a video featuring Lawrence from one of its exhibits because of his comments after a fourth-grade teacher complained and got others to complain.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

 

x

Check Also

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo passengers find their rides at the Ride Share point as they exit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is "very likely" unconstitutional, the state attorney general said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, upping the ante in the showdown that has led the ride-hailing giants to threaten to abandon the airport service. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

AG asks Arizona Supreme Court to block new rideshare fees

The Arizona Attorney General's Office has filed a special action with the state Supreme Court seeking to overturn the rideshare ordinance at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.