Arizona

Tragedy gives reason to reflect on gun control laws

Staff Editorial

The issue: Liberal gun control laws in Arizona endanger the public’s safety.

Our stance: Lawmakers must reevaluate state gun control laws.

The shooting at a Tucson Safeway Saturday, Jan. 18 was a wake up call for state lawmakers.

Six people were killed and a total of 13 people were injured in the attack, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in stable condition as of The Roundup print deadline of Feb. 22, and is currently recovering from a gunshot to the head.

Not only was the shooting tragic and devastating, but it was also a much needed wake-up call that Arizona gun control laws are simply too lax and need to be adjusted.

Currently, the state constitution reads: “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the State shall not be impaired.”

Take time to give back to Arizona trails

Arizona is a state full of beauty and amazing natural landscapes that provide the backdrop to our lives.

Unfortunately, the majesty of the country can sometimes be neglected and taken for granted. Wherever there are people, trash inevitably follows.

Mingus Mountain offers nearby camping retreat

The smell of the cool mountain air began to waft into the car, reminding me of why I had left the city a little more than an hour ago.

My friend, acting as navigator for the day, and I were well on our way to our final destination of Mingus Mountain northeast of Prescott.

Just a short drive out of the greater Phoenix area, you find yourself surrounded by pine trees and pleasant breezes that are a result of a nearly 7,000 foot elevation change in just an hour and a half.