Crossroads of the West's Tucson Gun Show Scheduled for Same Day as Anniversary of Jared Loughner's Deadly Rampage

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On the same day Tucson residents commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting that left 6 people dead and 14 others wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Crossroads of the West will hold a gun show at the Pima County Fairgrounds.

Crossroads of the West bills itself as one of the "largest and best" gun shows in the country. Organizers of the event did not immediately return a call for comment about the awkward/potentially offensive  timing.

But Tom Zoellner, a former campaign volunteer for Giffords, shared his view.

"Gun shows are common in Arizona. This isn't, by itself, unusual, and I'm sure the organizers meant nothing disrespectful," Zoellner, the author of A Safeway in Arizona:What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America tells New Times. "The more important thing we need to consider is the huge loopholes in our state laws -- they're so gigantic they aren't even holes -- that allow American guns to be trafficked to fuel the drug carnage in Mexico and make it all-too-easy easy for a mentally ill person to get access to a firearm."

In Arizona you don't need to be a federally licensed dealer to sell firearms. You can also easily purchase high-capacity magazines like the one Jared Lee Loughner used in his shooting rampage at the Tucson Safeway.

"Just because you're in favor of sensible gun laws doesn't make you at all anti-gun, and I wish politicians would stop deliberately conflating the two just to get elected," added Zoellner.

You can find a full New Times debate on gun-control here.


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We forgot it was a national holiday.    I guess we're supposed to keep it sacred and all go to church for the whole day and then whip ourselves for not getting shot in the head.    This is past absurd.    After 911 we're supposed to wear a flag and hold candle light vigils for everything the NewTimes thinks we should.

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Eric,

Your line below is a little misleading:

"In Arizona you don't need to be a federally licensed dealer to sell firearms."

Actually, you do need a license to be a dealer, i.e. someone who sells firearms for a living.  You do not need a license to sell your privately owned firearm to someone else.

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which means you can go to these shows and by firearms from individuals who don't have to do background checks.  private hobby "collectors" selling in a swap meet environment.

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I really did wish that people would listen to reason. There is no reason why people who are mentally ill should have legal access to fire arms.

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OH MY GAWD IT'S A CONSPIRACY! Actually, the only conspiracy is WHY the New Times is reporting this bullshit.

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really so you don't find that slightly in bad taste? All I know is the NRA made enemies when they hosted a gun show and speeches right after the shootings at Columbine. They could have tastefully suspended the gun show and speeches for a few months, but instead they choose to continue with them as if nothing happened.

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What was in bad taste was the vitriol from the left trying to blame the right.

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lol, like literally 15 minutes after I read on-line that it happened I saw comments that said it must have been a left-wing nut that shot at Giffords. I find it ironic that no one said anything officially about it for a few days.

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it's par for the course for the NRA to hit towns after tragedies.  

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Regardless of the loopholes or laws in the state of arizona, a little tact and personal regard for the people who lost loved ones and the ones who are still ailing would still be greatly appreciated.

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