Pima County sheriff Clarence Dupnik has come under fire for referring to his state, Arizona, as a ‘mecca for prejudice and bigotry.’ Those are harsh words, but is the sheriff just calling it as he sees it?
The longer version (7 minutes) where Sheriff Dupnik talks about his thoughts. He does not call out a specific group or person here either. He just talks about the history of threats against Gabby Giffords and also about the level of anger in the rhetoric in this country.
It is important to note that Sheriff Dupnik called no individual or group by name. Perhaps those who follow the sheriff’s politics know to whom he is referring. I do not. Is Arizona a mecca for bigotry? If yes, what has made it that way? Is it just about immigration or do other political issues come in to play? Congresswoman Giffords was a strong supporter of increased border security.
Moonhowlings featured a post on Sheriff Clarence Dupnik last spring. He felt it was stupid to throw illegal immigrants in jail at tax payer expensive when he could just turn them over to the border control. At the time, it was also determined that the mayor of Tucson also opposed the new Arizona legislation, SB 1070. He turned thousands of undocumented immigrants over to the border control.
As we return to the question, is Arizona a mecca of intolerance? Does the political climate in Arizona make this state more vulnerable to shootings and assassinations? Does the drug violence have any play in this discussion?