Magazine October 19, 2009, Issue

Something about Arizona

Still the face of Arizona? (Goldwater’s, not the other one.) (Getty)
A state that gets under skin

Phoenix, Ariz. 

Toward the end of summer, President Obama came to this hot city, the capital of Arizona and the Southwest, to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention. Outside the Convention Center, some citizens staged a little protest, or stunt: They carried guns, openly, emphasizing their right to do so — and expressing a concern that such rights are under siege. This created a small national furor, putting Arizona in the spotlight once again. There’s something about Arizona: It gets under some skin, particularly liberal skin.

The most prominent protester was a Christopher Broughton, who sported both a rifle and a

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