Vote for universal background checks

Molly McKasson has been working on sensible gun laws since her days on the city council in the 1990s. She is a member of Citizens for a Safer Pima County. This article was published in the September 8, 2022, edition of the Arizona Daily Star. In several weeks, the gun show returns to the Pima County Fairgrounds. A good third of the vendors will be “private sellers” (though few are “hobbyists” selling “private collections”) and therefore not required by federal law to do background checks. That means hundreds of potentially deadly weapons will be sold to anyone with enough cash [...]

By |2022-09-09T17:34:59-07:00September 9th, 2022|Gun Safety|

Supervisor Rex Scott Targets Gun Pre-emption Law

Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott, representing District 1,  addressed critical topics in his talk to Democrats of Greater Tucson on August 23, 2022. Rex, a Democrat, was elected to represent District One in Tucson in 2020. Gun violence. Supervisor Scott is leading a challenge to the state law pre-empting local control of firearms. Taking a bold step for public safety, he led the Pima Supervisors to call for repealing a prohibition against local governments protecting their citizens from gun violence. If the “guns everywhere” law isn’t revoked, the County will ask a court to have it declared unconstitutional. The pre-emption [...]

By |2022-09-10T10:44:14-07:00August 24th, 2022|Gun Safety, Healthcare, Housing, Supervisor|

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense at the DGT.org

Three gun safety experts addressed the Democrats of Greater Tucson salon held on July 27, 2022: Kelley Ireland of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Pete Plahmer, Coordinator of Banner Medical Center’s Trauma Outreach & Injury Prevention program Teresa Neiberg, Legislative Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. 00:04 How can we make reforms in gun violence.00:14 Welcome to the DGT Salon meeting 00:42 Introduction to the Panel 02:00 Kelly Ireland remarks 24:04 Introduction to Pete Plahmer 24:18 Pete Plahmer remarks 51:25 Q&A for Pete Plahmer 54:35 Introduction to Teresa Neiberg 55:00 Teresa Neiberg remarks 1:04:08 Q&A for panel Data from [...]

By |2022-08-08T08:22:25-07:00August 8th, 2022|Gun Safety|

Pima Supervisor Rex Scott Demands the Repeal of a Law that Blocks Local Control of Gun Safety

Taking a bold step for public safety, the Pima County Supervisors called for the repeal of a prohibition against local governments protecting their citizens from gun violence. If the "guns everywhere" law isn't revoked, the County will go to court to have it declared unconstitutional. The 3-2 majority voted on August 2: "1. The Board of Supervisors will call on the Arizona Legislature to repeal A.R.S. § 13-3108 and any other laws that inhibit the ability of local governments to take action to prevent gun violence, or to take other necessary measures related to the regulation of guns within the [...]

By |2022-08-06T20:11:59-07:00August 6th, 2022|Gun Safety|

Pima Supervisor Adelita Grijalva is Fighting for Gun Safety

Today, a bazaar of firearms is taking place at the Pima County Fairgrounds. The Crossroads of the West gun show is infested with unlicensed dealers who sell cheap handguns for cash and refuse to make background checks. But one elected Democrat took action to bring gun safety to the weapons emporium: Pima County Supervisor Adelita Grijalva. For the first time, there will be a table with pamphlets, information about gun safety classes, and free gun locks to keep guns out of the hands of children. Pima County Attorney Laura Conover furnished the pamphlets, information and gun locks. “The young people [...]

By |2022-03-06T14:56:42-07:00March 6th, 2022|Gun Safety|

Covid, Fentanyl, and Syphilis are Pressing Issues for Pima Director of Health, Theresa Cullen

“The situation in Pima county is not good,” Pima county health director Theresa Cullen said of Covid, speaking at the October 11, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. “In my opinion, we have plateaued at a level that is far above where we would like to be. From the Pima county perspective, we’re approximately anywhere between 170 and 200 cases per hundred thousand.” “Anything over a hundred cases per hundred thousand means that we are in high transmission. If we get below that, we will go to a substantial transmission. We have been in high transmission for a very [...]

By |2021-10-13T14:27:56-07:00October 13th, 2021|Arizona Education Association, Gun Safety, Healthcare|

Marco Lopez, Dem Candidate for Governor, on Education, Jobs, Healthcare, and Guns

Edited by Anne Simmons. Marco Lopez is running for Governor in the Democratic Primary. He spoke at the June 21, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. He is: An international business consultantThe former mayor of Nogales, elected at age 22 right out of collegeFormer director of the Arizona department of Commerce appointed by Gov. Janet NapolitanoChief of US Customs and Border Protection during the Obama administration. In 2011, Marco started his own small business to bring investments to the U.S. His work has brought high-speed internet to low-income families, closing the digital divide. He also started the award-winning Skybridge [...]

By |2021-06-23T20:34:35-07:00June 21st, 2021|Governor, Gun Safety|

Dr. Randy Friese Aims to Succeed Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Congress

With Ann Kirkpatrick announcing her retirement from Congress after the 2022 elections, Democratic candidates from the Tucson area and Arizona State Legislature have emerged to succeed her. One of these Democratic Candidates is Dr. Randy Friese. Dr. Randy Friese has been a consistent supporter of gun violence prevention. A member of the Arizona House of Representatives since 2015, Dr. Friese has served Legislative District Nine in Tucson. He is currently a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Health Committee. He has also been a member of the House Judiciary, and Government and Higher Education Committees. [...]

By |2021-04-21T08:06:48-07:00April 20th, 2021|Arizona Politics, Gun Safety, Local Candidates and Electeds|

Appeals Court: No 2nd Amendment Right to Carry a Gun in Public

Striking a blow for gun safety, the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled that the Second Amendment does not provide a right to carry a gun, concealed or openly, in public. The court reviewed more than 700 years of English and American legal history that gives the government the power to regulate arms in public. "The Second Amendment does not guarantee an unfettered, general right to openly carry arms in public for individual self-defense," the 9th Circuit ruled. "Accordingly, Hawai‘i’s firearms-carry scheme is lawful." The 11-judge court upheld a Hawaii state law that requires a license to carry a [...]

By |2021-03-28T13:22:08-07:00March 28th, 2021|Gun Safety|

America’s National Menace Kills 18 More Innocent Lives

How many of us were surprised about the recent killings of 18 people in Colorado and Georgia? How many thought, “well another mass shooting, but what can I do about it?” How many Arizona citizens remember that this March, the Arizona Senate panel gave the go-ahead for more people to bring loaded weapons into more places.   "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is not to sell the bad guy a gun." One measure approved by the Judiciary Committee would allow more than 390,000 Arizonans with permits to carry a concealed weapon into most public [...]

By |2021-03-24T11:32:08-07:00March 24th, 2021|Gun Safety|
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