I never thought I would type these words: Thank you Governor Brewer. But there they are.
It seems Gov Brewer has a better grasp on reality than does the state legislature, which I realize could be said of most amoebas. But before I go off on a rant about the utter stupidity of the state legislature, let me return to why Gov Brewer gets my thanks.
Yesterday she vetoed both the birther bill–House Bill 2177–and Senate Bill 1467 that would have allowed guns to be carried on university and college campuses throughout the state. This is a two-fer I never thought I would see.
Now, she didn’t veto Senate Bill 1467 because it was a dangerous, wrong-headed, stupid head-up-your-ass bill which is what she should have done. Her reasons for vetoing the bill are as follows:
- it was poorly written
- it included K-12 schools where state and federal law prohibit weapons
OK, not the reasoning I would use to smack down the bill. I would like to have seen her at least acknowledge that higher education officials throughout the stated and their campus security officers had lobbied against the bill, saying it would lead to potentially dangerous situations; instead she writes,
while I support the thoughtful expansion of where firearms should be allowed, the actual legislation that does so must be both unambiguous and clear to protect the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners. Sentate Bill 1467 is neither.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, was hurt by the Governor’s letter which he said was “a very rude veto letter.” Poor baby! Then as a parting shot he remarked that as a result of her veto, “College students will continue to be in a defense-free zone.” Yeah, right. Educational institutions are no place for fire arms as recent events at Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University and ASU have shown.
Now I give the Governor some props for her veto of the birther bill and for the reasons she lays out in her veto letter. There she notes that as a former secretary of state she does not “support designating one person as the gatekeeper to the ballot for candidates, which could lead to arbitrary or politically motivate decisions.” She continues:
In addition, I never imagined being presented with a bill that would require candidates for the President of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their ‘early baptismal or circumcision certificates’ among other records to the Arizona Secretary of State. This is a bridge too far.
Sure, I wish she had called the bill what it is: a racist reaction to the election of the first African American for presidential office. Nor did she address the unconstitutionality of the bill. But since I thought she would sign the bill into law, I’ll take what I can get here.
So perhaps there is hope for this state after all. The recall of Senate President Russell (racist pig) Pearce is well underway with enough signatures having been gathered to submit the petitions to recall Pearce before the May 31 deadline. And Sheriff Joe is facing a growing number of state, county and federal investigations.
Hot diggity damn!