Editorial filled with wild distortions and blatant dishonesty
There is never a deceptive maneuver too far afield for the radicals at the failing newspaper – deeply committed to destroying conservative Republicans — as it slips its own surly bonds. The daily’s concerted effort to oust state Senate President Russell Pearce was aided by a partisan redistricting committee that wreaked havoc on legislative and congressional boundaries. Emboldened by its collusion with open-borders radicals, the newspaper then tried, in vain, to remove Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Now the editorial board has Republican Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in its sights.
The daily wasted no time blasting the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre for suggesting firearms trained personnel in schools in the wake of the horrific massacre of 6-and-7-years olds and their instructors, at a Connecticut elementary school.
The Republic pounced, “The outcry was immediate — LaPierre and his lobbying group were widely panned as insensitive, villainous fear-mongerers wholly out of touch with contemporary societal mores,” writing the idea was a “calculated, shrewd provocation meant to engender a knee-jerk response.”
Irrespective of the facts, the editorialist continues, “One of the quickest to react was Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who said each of our schools should train and arm its principal or another staff member. He called his idea the “golden mean” between the status quo and LaPierre’s extreme proposal. Horne’s endorsement strips this issue from LaPierre and the NRA and places it in the hands of Arizonans, and we now must confront the apparently legitimate possibility that soon, our school administrators will have to carry firearms.”
“…have to carry firearms?” Says who?
And more blatant deception: “Arming our faculty, however well-intentioned, is a disastrously short-sighted and irresponsible means of ensuring children’s safety.” After lamenting that the schools are under-funded due to budget cuts, they drop another lie bomb: “Now, those districts might have to find the money to train and arm administrators on top of that? That’s lunacy.”
Provocative? For sure. Truthful? Not in the slightest.
The truth is that no one would be carrying a firearm. There would be an administrator or designee with access to a locked gun in case of an emergency.
The truth is that there would be no costs incurred. Currently, Sheriffs in Apache, Mohave and Pinal County have stepped up to offer free firearms training and suitability evaluations. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is weighing the idea of having some of his 3,000 posse members on the outer perimeters of schools.
The truth is the programs would be completely optional.
And, did we mention Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne is the former two-term elected statewide Superintendent of Public Instruction, who previously chaired a school board, served as a pro tem judge, and graduated with honors from Harvard College and its law school ?
Listen as AZ AG Tom Horne speaks the truth: