Gov. Jan Brewer made an unannounced trip to military bases in Afghanistan this week as she visited with service members from Arizona and flew around the war-torn nation in helicopters with guns hanging out the windows.
Details of the trip were kept under wraps for security reasons as the Republican governor quietly left the state over the weekend, though details about her travels trickled out.
The governor said Wednesday during a call to reporters that she jumped at the chance to travel to Afghanistan and that the trip gave her a deeper appreciation of the professionalism and courage of service members.
“You tend to forget that everyone is carrying real guns and they are putting their lives on the line,” Brewer said. “You know that but until you actually see it, it’s very different.”
Yes, Jan. Did you know that Border Patrol agents carry real guns, too? And did you know that anyone in Arizona who is 21 or older can carry a concealed real gun, without even a permit needed? I guess that won’t seem real either until you actually see it, even though you signed the bill.
The law’s passage is the culmination of several years of political maneuvering to ease gun regulations in Arizona.
During her time as governor, Janet Napolitano vetoed at least a dozen different weapons bills - several similar to the law going into effect today - that would have eased restrictions on gun owners.
But Napolitano’s departure and the appointment of Gov. Jan Brewer in January 2009 gave the Legislature and gun-rights groups an ally in the executive office. Brewer signed the law April 16.
More along the same lines here.
Gov. Jan Brewer, in her first trip to Afghanistan, said the war in real life is “unimaginable.”