I cannot believe how this Sheriff Clarence Dupnik continues to behave so irrationally and unprofessionally during his press conferences. Today's news conference was even more bizarre than yesterday's.
In today's conference he strongly condemned Arizona's lax gun laws, especially allowing people to so easily carry concealed. He implied that Arizona's gun laws were actually causing gun violence, referring to Arizona as being the "Tombstone" of the nation. He specifically said:
"We're the tombstone of the United States of America. I have never been a proponent of letting everybody in this state to carry weapons whenever they want and that's almost where we are at here in Arizona."
He also strongly attacked the state legislature for a current bill before it to make it legal for concealed carry to be allowed on schools and colleges. He specifically said that the legislature:
"is proposing students and teachers be able to carry weapons. ...Colleges should be run by college presidents, not the Arizona Legislature."
Finally, he also criticized Arizona's stance on immigration during the interview, and said that the state has become a “mecca for racism and bigotry”.
This sheriff is not 2nd Amendment friendly at all, and definitely not a supporter of concealed carry. I'm really struck how he continues to provide hardly any information at all during his press conferences, and goes off on these tirades regarding subjects that really have nothing at all to do with his duties in this case.
He seems so emotionally overwhelmed during his press conferences. I've never seen a sheriff in a major crime press event behave so unprofessionally, and stray so far off the subject of the crime that he is investigating. Perhaps the stress of the situation is causing him to crack. But it would almost seem like he has his own political agendas that he is advancing in his news conferences.
And one of them is definitely an anti-carry message.
I wonder if the bill to allow concealed carry on campus in Arizona is now dead politically? I'll be very surprised if it is now able to pass.