With the primary in the rearview mirror, Arizonans have a choice between pro-Second Amendment Kari Lake (R) and pro-gun control Katie Hobbs (D).
Lake is a political outsider who entered the governor’s race with the goal of protecting Second Amendment rights, among other issues.
Hobbs has been in politics for years and has gone on record as advocating for more restrictions on the exercise of the Second Amendment.
On June 28, Breitbart News published an interview with Lake in which she praised the United States Supreme Court’s June 23, 2022, ruling recognizing Americans’ right to bear arms in public for self-defense.
“I was so excited about the Supreme Court ruling recognizing our right to carry,” Lake said.
He added, “Many states have already passed additional laws to offset this right, but they really shouldn’t because the Second Amendment is pretty clear. We live in a dangerous world. We must be able to protect ourselves. So this Supreme Court decision has come at the right time.”
Lake made clear her hope that the SCOTUS ruling “will help undo many of the restrictive gun control laws everywhere.”
Hobbs, on the other hand, said she was “outraged” by the SCOTUS ruling on June 23, 2022, saying:
Like the majority of Americans, Arizonans and gun owners who support responsible and reasonable gun safety measures, I am outraged by today’s Supreme Court decision. As we continue to witness horrific murders across the US, including in Arizona, leaders continue to refuse to take action and the Supreme Court’s decision makes protecting our communities that much more difficult.
Hobbes then pushed for more gun control:
As a mom, I share the concern of my fellow parents who live every day in fear that their child won’t come home from school or that their family member won’t come home from the grocery store. We need common sense gun safety reform right now so we can finally end these senseless acts of violence that are murdering our children and taking innocent lives.
Lake told Breitbart News in June, “We’re a Second Amendment sanctuary state, and I think we should become a Bill of Rights sanctuary state. We should not constantly fight these violations. And when I’m governor, we’re simply not going to recognize any federal statute that infringes on our rights.”
He added: “We’re just not going to take it anymore.”
After the Parkland, Florida shooting in 2018, Arizona PBS is listed Hobbs pushes gun control in language reminiscent of Democrats in Washington, DC.
Hobbs lamented the lack of gun control legislation in the Arizona Senate. “Unfortunately, things are business as usual,” he said. “There seems to be no impetus to do anything other than what we have, and that is to ignore the bills that we have introduced that would bring common sense solutions to end gun violence.”
On October 12, 2018, Gabby Giffords’ gun control group approved Hobbs will serve as Arizona’s secretary of state, saying in part: “Katie Hobbs recognizes the toll of gun violence in our state and has worked to end it. Her leadership – on issues from ballot access to gun violence – will be critical to creating change in Arizona. Giffords is proud to support Katie Hobbes, who has the courage to stand up to the corporate gun lobby and who will never stop working to save lives.”
In November Arizonans can choose pro-Second Amendment Kari Lake (R) or pro-gun Katie Hobbs (D).
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