Last week Governor Brewer was scheduled to speak at a Chamber Lunch at the Capitol, but wasn't able to be heard over the protesters, so she just mingled with the guests and then went back to her office.
The group that organized the protest has posted a video and takes special pride in mocking Kyrsten Sinema for having security with her when she attended the lunch. Do these clowns really expect State Senators to walk the gauntlet of bullhorns without security? Should they just ignore the "Pearce=Hitler" signs and just assume that no one in the crowd is violent?
Jared Laughner got off 32 shots in 15 seconds and we have no zone of security around our elected officials. The era of Legislators, the Attorney General and the Governor weaving their way through the screaming crowd ended on January 8th.
When protesters disrupted the World Trade Talks, officials set up "protest zones"--areas in which protesters could be heard, but couldn't intimidate or interfere with the officials. This was a good compromise that provided security for trade officials and conference participants and still allowed protesters to shout their message.
Russell Pearce and Kirk Adams need to fence in the grassy area just east of the House and confine protesters to that area. They will still be close to the action and no one is going to have any trouble hearing them. However, they won't be able to mob legislators or visitors. People will be able to get from their cars to the building without running the gauntlet and there won't be any broken necks if someone steps on Ron Gould's foot.
Senator Sinema shouldn't have to bring a DPS guard to lunch and she shouldn't be mocked for having to do so. Pearce and Adams are in charge of ensuring the safety of those who work at and visit the Capitol--while still providing an outlet for those who wish to protest. So put up a fence. It will be a one day story, but it's the right thing to do.