When my wife and I tried to park in the designated visitor parking area at Sen. Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office recently, we were told by security to leave or our car would be towed. When we questioned this, as we were there to join with others to hold him accountable for his vote against universal background checks for gun purchases, we were told parking there was for office tenants only. As we were pulling out of the parking lot, security people began blocking all entrances to the parking lot with pick-up trucks and chains.
Sen. Flake seems so concerned about convenience in exercising the Second Amendment, but he evidently doesn’t mind at all making it difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise First Amendment rights to assemble peaceably and petition our government. Our tax dollars pay for the rent on his office, where Flake hides behind keypad access security doors, bullet-proof glass and now security cordons around his office parking lot. Sen. Flake does not feel a need to directly answer victims of gun violence specifically or the people of Arizona generally for voting against expanded background checks for gun purchasers. Credible, scientifically conducted polls show that between 70 and 90 percent of Arizonans support that common sense measure. Flake certainly has no problem making it harder to exercise First Amendment rights, but he won’t vote to make it harder for criminals, terrorists, and the mentally ill to purchase guns.
In coordination with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, AZPASS (azpass.org) will be delivering all 11,540 pages of the Petition to Ban Assault Weapons, which now has 121,144 signatures to Senators Flake and McCain on FRIDAY, April 4th at 10:00 a.m.
AZPASS will be joined by Tom and Caren Teves, Phoenix (Ahwatukee) residents, who lost their 24 year old son Alex on July 20, 2012 to a barrage of bullets in a movie theater in Aurora Colorado. Alex Teves died because he jumped in the line of fire to save his fiance.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns will also be delivering the Petitions signed during the last week. The media has been invited and there will be other survivors speaking.
Please join us for the press conference and rally in front of Senator Flake's office (northeast corner of 22nd and Camelback in Phoenix) at 10:00 on FRIDAY April 5th to show your support for the Teves family, the survivors and common sense gun laws, and to ask Senators McCain and Flake to cast their votes to protect Arizona.
We are asking the Senators to "Be Brave" in the words of Congresswoman Garry Giffords. We are asking our Senators to display the type of bravery in their leadership that Alex Teves displayed in the last moments of his life.