The Arizona shootings reminded me that this comes from the home state of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose rhetoric regarding immigration has single-handedly raise the decibel level of anti-immigrant groups. So it was with great relief- and dare I say, hope- that a new voice has joined the fray.
Clarence W. Dupnik, the Pima County sheriff, seemed to capture the mood of the day at an evening news conference when he said it was time for the country to “do a little soul-searching.”
“It’s not unusual for all public officials to get threats constantly, myself included,” Sheriff Dupnik said. “That’s the sad thing about what’s going on in America: pretty soon we’re not going to be able to find reasonable, decent people willing to subject themselves to serve in public office.”
He also said a consuming atmosphere of political vitriol centred on Arizona may have been a factor.
"The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," he said. "And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry."