That's right. Kavanagh is at it again with an incredibly stupid bill (SB 1054) banning taking of pictures within 20 feet of law enforcement activity. Here are two responses from the readers of the Daily Star.
Bill solves problem that doesn’t exist
“Stop him before he shoots! Not the guy with the gun. The one with the camera.” Sen. John Kavanagh, in making it a crime to take a picture within 20 feet of “law enforcement activity,” is solving a problem that does not exist. I have never read of a police complaint about any citizen “distracting” an officer doing his legitimate duty.
Who would interfere with a reasonable and non-confrontational arrest? Who would tape measure the distance? Who, in a dangerous situation, would put himself in harm’s way to take a picture if something outlandish weren’t happening?
Sen. Kavanagh, a former police officer, obviously only seeks to prevent incriminating action from being recorded. There is an easier solution. Stop excessive police actions.
Proposed bill ignores rights of guns
Re: the Jan. 8 article “Bill would criminalize taping police activity within 20 feet.”
Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, would make it a crime to record any law enforcement activity from closer than 20 feet unless an officer says it’s OK. This excellent idea helps protect our rights, but it doesn’t go far enough. What about the rights of guns?
Doesn’t photographing a gun without its permission violate the gun’s privacy and impair its ability to do its job? Arizona guns have more legal rights than dogs do. They can go almost anywhere they want, with no license. They cannot be destroyed by a city or county government. Even so, they’re not fully protected.
The Supreme Court has said corporations are people. Isn’t it time to acknowledge what we all know to be true — that guns are people too? Arizona has been pussyfooting around this issue for far too long. Sen. Kavanagh, I implore you to add the two words “or gun” to SB 1054.
Folks, this is just the beginning. The AZ State Idioture just convened this week. There is lots more to come.