While the country debates tougher gun-safety laws in the wake of a Florida high school massacre, Arizona's elected officials are moving in the opposite direction, a state Capitol reporter tells me on this weekend's "Sunday Square Off."
Dustin Gardiner, of the Arizona Republic, describes a confrontation during last week's House session that epitomizes the split: Republican leadership rejected Democrats' largely symbolic push for a debate on banning bump stocks, an accessory that enables a semiautomatic rifle to fire faster. At roughly the same time President Donald Trump was announcing a plan to ban bump stocks.
Also on "Sunday Square Off":
-We hear why some schools and parents question the value of placing a police officer - known as a school resource officer - on Arizona school campuses.
Channel Powe, a member of the Balsz School District Governing Board, explains why her district doesn't want an SRO in its schools.
-In our Left/Right debate, Christine Jones, former Republican candidate for governor, and political analyst Chris Herstam discuss the controversies engulfing the front-runners in Tuesday's Republican primary to fill disgraced Congressman Trent Franks' vacant seat in the West Valley's 8th District.
Steve Montenegro of Goodyear has been dogged by a sexting scandal in the final days of the campaign.
Debbie Lesko of Peoria has been accused of illegally transferring money from her state campaign account to a federal account.
Polls indicate that Lesko and Montenegro, both former state legislators, lead the pack of 12 GOP primary candidates.
Jones and Herstam also debate whether the anti-Trump message that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered last week in Phoenix is a winner for Democrats.
"Sunday Square Off" airs at 8 a.m. Sundays on 12 News, after "Meet the Press."
While the country debates tougher gun-safety laws in the wake of a Florida high school massacre, Arizona's elected officials are discussing looser controls on weapons.
A Phoenix school board member explains why some schools and parents question the value of a police officer on campus.
In our Left/Right debate, we discuss whether a sexting scandal makes Republican Steve Montenegro unfit for Congress. Montenegro's running for the seat left vacant by disgraced Congressman Trent Franks, his former boss.
In our Left/Right debate, we hear why Debbie Lesko could be hurt by the mere appearance of potentially illegal money moves in the Congressional District 8 race. Also, is Nancy Pelosi's new message good for Democrats?