Saturday, August 9, 2014

Andrew Thomas's record on the Second Amendment the best of the gubernatorial candidates

I am the editor of Western Shooting Journal, a national print magazine about guns, and I worked under Andrew Thomas at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for over five years. What he has done for the Second Amendment goes above and beyond ANY of the other candidates in the race. When he replaced gun-grabbing prosecutor Rick Romley in 2005, who was known for throwing the book at self-defense incidents involving guns, he immediately reversed that policy. He started reviewing cases involving self-defense personally, or having another high-level trusted adviser review them. Many of the cases that had been submitted for prosecution turned out to be legitimate self-defense cases and the charges were dropped. Members of the Valley's Second Amendment community started contacting me about cases like these, and I would pass the information along to Thomas, who would see that the cases weren't being wrongfully prosecuted. He reversed 16 years of targeting lawful gun owners by Romley.

Next, he instituted a concealed weapons training program for all the prosecutors - and other employees - in the office. I believe it was the first of its kind in the country. I got to participate in the first class, where I got to know some of the top prosecutors in the office. It was imperative for them to get their concealed carry permits, because they had hits out on them by gangs. The permits allowed them to carry their guns from their cars into the work building, where they were at risk. (Since then, the law changed in Arizona so carrying concealed no longer requires a permit)

One key difference between Thomas and the rest of the candidates is he doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk. You can say you support the Second Amendment, but what efforts are you making to actively promote The Second Amendment rights? Thomas is the one candidate with a proven record of actively, on his own, instituting new changes supportive of the Second Amendment.

1 comment:

Thomas Dodson said...

Andrew Thomas is "A" rated by the NRA.