There are apparently two Jan Brewer's: the exceedingly rare one who occasionally slips forward and does something so uncharacteristically good (such as her recent move to increase the state's Medicaid funding) that one has to wonder if she is taking her meds correctly, and the other far more common, sun-dried desert variety whose every move seems to be the result of chronic sunstroke. It was the second, more odious Jan, who was inhabiting the governor's chair today as she signed a "gun rights" bill into law - a bill that some cynics pointed out actually gives rights to guns - not to people, but to the guns themselves.
And it's not the first time she's done it!
Last year our governor signed a bill into law that prevented fire arms from being destroyed if they had been forfeited or seized. The law said that the police agency in possession of those guns had to sell them to authorized dealers. Theoretically, I suppose, a souvenir hunter with a big bankroll could wind up with the cache of "military grade" weapons that Arizona Nazi and political activist J.T. Ready used to kill his girlfriend and her family last year in Gilbert. And what serious gun enthusiast wouldn't want to own the guns that Minuteman Shawna Forde and her gang of crazies used to kill that father and his young daughter in Arivaca? The bill that Jan signed gave protections to guns, not gun owners, and it could conceivably raise gun collecting to a whole new level.
Today our governor signed another piece of unique Arizona legislation.
The city of Tucson, after suffering the horrendous shooting - massacre, actually - in January of 2011 in which six people were killed including a nine-year-old girl and a federal judge - and a congresswoman was seriously injured - decided to sponsor a gun buyback program. Lots of organizations donated money to help the police purchase guns from citizens who came forward to voluntarily turn in their weapons. It was a private affair between people with money and people with items to sell. Capitalism.
The police bought many weapons.
Then they took their newly acquired property - the guns they had paid for - and proceeded to destroy them.
And the goobers in the Arizona legislature went apocalyptic, complete and total bonkers!
The Arizona legislature rushed to pass a bill that prevented any government agency within the state from destroying weapons acquired in a buyback program.
The legislature continues to fight plans to expand Medicaid, but thank God guns are safe!