Arizona Daily Star, 9.21.17
Six years ago, tragedy struck our community when a man shot and killed six people outside a Tucson grocery store. Innocent lives were lost, families were broken, and our community was tested. It’s a story of pain and resolve that captured my attention when I was serving at that time as a police chief in Richmond, California — a city that has struggled with gun violence for many years.
Now, as the chief of police for the city of Tucson, our city has made great strides in combating gun violence. However, at a time when over 900 Arizonans are dying every year from gun violence, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are debating a series of bills that would threaten our hard-fought public safety gains.