LatinaLista — On this 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing when we all should be remembering that hatred has no place in a civilized society, we are confronted with the reality that hatred exists to an even greater degree than 15 years ago, takes all forms and in several instances has resorted to once again, in our country’s history, to masquerade as law.
The entire nation is waiting to see what happens in Arizona in the next five days. That’s how long the governor has to decide what to do with Senate Bill 1070. It’s a bill that would make it a state crime to be in the country illegally and require local police to enforce federal immigration laws.
If the bill is signed, it would make Arizona the first state to criminalize undocumented immigrants. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has five days to sign it, veto it or do nothing and allow it to become law.
Needless to say, advocates and sympathizers are staging protests, building websites and even asking President Obama to intervene before such a bill can pass into law.
There is a real fear that if this bill passes it doesn’t just emboldened bad cops to abuse their authority but will empower the regular Arizonan, who thinks he doesn’t like Latino immigrants, to police his community so as to turn in anyone he thinks is undocumented.
What adds fuel to this fire is that Arizona’s governor just signed into law allowing citizens 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Then she signed a separate law that exempts guns made and kept in Arizona from federal regulation, including background checks.
What’s the harm and what does one have to do with the other?
Obviously, without a background check how is anyone to know what kind of criminal or mental history the purchaser has? Not needing a permit exempts people from having to take classes on being trained on the state laws and how to handle, shoot — and respect the usage of a firearm.
For too many people, their gun will be nothing more than a new toy used to impress or intimidate. Combine that with a person who gets high off of radical conservative rhetoric and feels empowered by Senate Bill 1070 and the state has hundreds of ticking time bombs waiting to explode.
One would think a rational person could put together the pieces of this potential scenario and advise state legislators it’s more prudent to err on the side of caution than reaffirming Second Amendment Rights in these unsteady times.
Yet, the one voice of reason who could have said something to diffuse this bomb before it’s been built has sadly decided that keeping his seat in the Senate outweighs justice and safety.
Today, Arizona Senator John McCain did something that surprised many people who thought they knew him. He voiced his support for Senate Bill 1070.
“I think it’s a good tool,” McCain said during a conference call with reporters when asked about the bill. “It’s a tool that needs to be used.”
Most people see McCain’s words as his way of using the Senate Bill as his own tool to get re-elected.
His opponent, former conservative talk radio personality J.D. Hayworth, has already called McCain out on his website writing that McCain’s about-face is nothing more than an “election-year gimmick.”
A man that used to have principles and stood up and faced his own party down to do what was right has sadly been reduced to pandering to a vocal group just so he won’t lose his seat in Congress.
Political ambition doesn’t get much more pathetic than this — especially when one is willing to throw under the bus a group of people just to retain the glory of a position.
Where’s the glory in that?