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Not a story from the Onion

Sadly enough, it's true:

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona cities and counties that hold community gun buyback events will have to sell the surrendered weapons instead of destroying them under a bill Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Monday.The bill was championed by Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature who argued that municipalities were skirting a 2010 law that was tightened last year and requires police to sell seized weapons to federally licensed dealers. They argued that destroying property turned over to the government is a waste of taxpayer resources.Democrats who argued against the bill said it usurps local control and goes against the wishes of people who turn over their unwanted weapons to keep them out of the hands of children or thieves.

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David Gibson is a national reporter for Religion News Service and author of The Coming Catholic Church (HarperOne) and The Rule of Benedict (HarperOne). He blogs at dotCommonweal.



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Keep voting for them Republicans, Leander. They is the pro-life party. Duck!

Could Arizona sell them to the Syrian opposition? That would make John McCain happy.

Instead of surrendering my gun over to the police, may I have the option of donating it to my parish Christmas tree, so that a happy man (or woman) (or teenager) (or child) from a poor, needy family who can't even afford their own gun may receive it as a present for Christmas?

It doesn't make much sense from a bidness standpoint. Every gun destroyed is another manufacturing opportunity.

Of course it's true: it's Arizona, fer crying out loud! You expected otherwise, maybe?

Our love of guns stopped being funny a long time ago. Our news station today had a story about a four year old who accidentally shot and killed his two year old sister with a Crickett (marketed as "My First Rifle") that he had received as a gift.How many children do we put in the ground before we all say 'enough" to guns?

Janet Napolitano should have turned down President Obama's offer to become Secretary of Homeland Security. Other people could have been just as capable in that job, but only she, as governor of Arizona, could keep Lt. Gov. Jan Brewer out of a job where she could do so much harm.

It is Arizona's business, not mine.

The news report of the 5-yr-old boy accidently shooting his 2-yr-old sister can be found at; scroll down to the "Editor's Picks" section. (In an online poll, btw, 9 percent of respondents believe it's OK to give a 22-cal. rifle to a 5-yr-old, and one percent just plain don't no --- I never could understand why the word needs a 'k' and a 'w'. I live in KY.)

Jan Brewer never ceases to amaze. Welp, ya' get wut ya' pay fer.

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