Lawmakers divided as ever on school safety

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Following the latest shooting school shooting in Indiana, Republicans and Democrats in Arizona are as divided as ever on the best way to protect Arizona children.

A week after legislative Democrats called for a special session to deal with school safety, Sen. John Kavanagh, a Republican from Fountain Hills, said he was open to ideas.

However, the influential GOP lawmaker said he would not be open to any including any gun control measures like the banning of bump stock devices or closing the so-called gun show loophole.

But Democratic lawmakers like Sen. Steve Farley, who is running for governor, says any school safety legislation is meaningless without tighter gun laws.

The two lawmakers squared off on a Friday taping of 3TV's Politics Unplugged. The bottom line: to hold your breath on a special session happening this summer.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona schools in crisis]

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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