Thursday, March 3, 2011

Jeff Biggers: Arizona Gun Wild: New Bill Establishes State Army for Gov. Brewer?

Jeff Biggers: Arizona Gun Wild: New Bill Establishes State Army for Gov. Brewer?

It's one thing to dedicate legislative time over selecting an official state firearm -- only two months since the horrific Tucson shooting.

It's another matter to blacklist and ban (and allegedly rough up) Latino activists from participating in Capitol hearings on immigration bills.

But on the heels of introducing a bill that grants a state committee the right to nullify "existing federal statutes, mandates and executive orders" -- what Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini refers to as the right "to secede without officially doing so" -- the Arizona state legislature is now considering SB 1495, which would give Gov. Jan Brewer the right to establish "an armed force for the safety and protection of the lives and property of the citizens of the state which shall be known as the Arizona state guard."

As Brewer discussed on ABC-TV news last Sunday: "We believe that the federal government just needs to get out of the way and let us run the states."

Or perhaps Brewer should say: Let us run our states, with federal money.

Despite beefed-up Border Patrol apprehensions, according to former Arizona governor and Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, "a key indicator of illegal immigration -- have decreased 36 percent in the past two years, and are less than half of what they were at their peak," Brewer clearly plans to ride the fear-mongering border security gravy train for as long as she can.

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