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1/26/2012 6:00:00 AM
Reader Letter: Who is Ron Gould representing?

The 2012 Arizona Legislative session has begun. This district's state senator, Ron Gould, has chosen once again to devote his efforts, the legislature's time and the taxpayer's dime to campus carry gun legislation.

Making this issue his first priority, even though last session, a similar bill sponsored by the Senator was vetoed by the governor. The current law in Arizona leaves the decision of guns on campus to the individual college or university. None have chosen to allow guns. Those affected most are opposed to campus carry, including the students, their parents, the college administrators, the faculty, the professors and law enforcement. So, the "don't tread on me," "no big government" senator is attempting to force this legislation down the colleges' proverbial throats, which would require the schools to provide gun lockers in all 1,800 of their buildings, at their own expense of course. By sticking to his guns, Gould may gain favor (or perhaps even funding for his congressional run) from the NRA.

But, he is really representing whom?

Pamela Durbin

Lake Havasu City

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Article comment by: Bad Idea

As an instructor at MCC, I can say that Gould certainly isn't representing me or most of my students or fellow staff members. School can sometimes be stressful, and some individuals don't handle stress very well. The last thing we need is to encourage students to carry guns on campus. Under the current laws, if somebody is spotted with a gun on campus they can be escorted off campus by security staff or by the sheriff if necessary. If Gould gets his way, nothing can be done until they actually start shooting. I know the pro-gun argument would be that if lots of students and staff are packing heat then when someone starts shooting they'll be quickly gunned down by someone else, and therefore everyone can feel safe. As someone who spends a lot of time on campus, I personally feel more secure knowing that we have a good campus security system in place and that the sheriff's department responds quickly when needed. We don't need to depend on students arming themselves to deter other students who are also armed.

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Article comment by: mr parker

He is representing intelligent,responsible people who care about their security while attempting to prevent Virginia Tech massacres.
He was helpful to me in solving a problem with an Arizona state agency. I am proud to say he is my new state senator and I would support him in any new political endeavor.

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