Jay Lawrence, a member of the Arizona legislature wants police posted at every polling place to deal with possible violence he fears could result because of the current divisive and angry political atmosphere.
“I would like to have security at every polling station to make certain that if there is a problem at the polling station, someone has a police officer with whom they can speak with regard to the offense that is being seen,” he said.
Lawrence could not cite a single instance in Arizona history where anyone sought to interrupt voting. But he said things are different now.
Who are the people he is worried about?
Is any of the cause for this situation due to presidential rhetoric?
“Absolutely not,” he said as he launched into a defense of President Trump.
“It is a president who has done so much for society,” Lawrence said. “I won’t even go into all of the things.”
The way he sees it, the problem stems from the other side of the political divide.
No hearing has yet been set for the legislation. If the legislature has any sense, they'll shred his bill as soon as possible.
Apart from the fact that Democrats are less likely to own guns, what are the other defining factors of gun ownership? Pew Research provides the answer:
1) men are far more likely to own a gun then women
2) the people the most likely to own a guy are over 65
3) white people are far more likely to own guns than blacks or Hispanics
4) people with college degrees are less likely to own guns than folks with less education
5) people in the South are more likely to own guns than other parts of the country
6) people living in rural areas are FAR more likely to own guns that people in cities or suburbs
7) Democrats are FAR less likely to own a gun than Republicans or Independents
There WAS a time when the NRA supported the Democratic Party, but that all changed in 1994, when Congress passed a ban on assault weapons. Today, nearly 99% of the $1 million in NRA contributions to congressional candidates in 2016 went to Republicans. The few Democrats who did get money -- Reps. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. of Georgia, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota and Tim Walz of Minnesota -- all have A ratings from the group.