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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:02 am | Updated: 8:54 am, Thu Feb 21, 2013.

Frequent headlines: “Officer shot... Deputy recovering from gun shot... Bicyclist shoots officer in the face.” I ask the governor, the powers that be and Legislature to have a heart for the officers and their families. Arizona leads in lax gun regulation. (Former state Sen.) Russell Pierce led the foolish effort for the good, bad and feeble to carry concealed weapons without instructions or permits.

Please governor and Legislature, reinstate safe, common sense gun legislation. Why encourage the bad and unqualified to carry a dangerous weapon?

On a similar note, the two officer patrol is rare in metropolitan Phoenix, but universal in other large communities.

It seems the powers that be have adopted the auto manufacturers’ accounting practices.

Consider the one-officer savings in all cities, compared to the cost of an occasional disability or loss of an officer. Urban sprawl spreads first responders thin and creates blight.

Those who profit from that form of growth should bear the increased costs. Two officers will help assure their safety and that of the public.

Richard T. Tracy Sr.

Mesa

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