About Gary L. Stuart

gary L. StuartI earned degrees in business and law at the University of Arizona, edited the Arizona Law Review, and practiced law for 32 years with one of Arizona’s largest law firms (Jennings, Strouss, Salmon & Trask). I was a full-time trial lawyer until 2000 when I published my second book. I was a member of the Arizona Board of Regents from 2000 to 2008 and a director of the Arizona Community College Board of Directors from 2000 to 2002. I served on the board of directors for the Arizona School of Arts—a high school campus in Phoenix Arizona. I have been involved with gun issues on college, university and high school campuses for more than twenty years.

I don’t try big cases these days. Instead, I write about them. Over the years, I’ve written several law review articles, hundreds of op-ed pieces, essays, magazine articles, short stories, CLE booklets, and eighteen books. Six of my nonfiction titles are anchored in gun violence, criminal case litigation, and constitutional law. (1) The Gallup 14, University of New Mexico Press, 2000; (2) Miranda—The Story of America’s Right to Remain Silent, University of Arizona Press, 2004; (3) AIM For The Mayor, Xlibris Press, 2008; (4) Innocent Until Interrogated—The Story of The Buddhist Temple Massacre and the Tucson Four, University of Arizona Press, 2010; (5) Anatomy of a Confession—The Debra Milke Case, American Bar Association Publishing, 2016; (6) Nobody Did Anything Wrong But Me—The NAU Mass Shooting Case—State of Arizona v. Steven Edward Jones, Twelve Tables Press, 2021.

I am a gun owner but not a shooter. I have studied and written about gun violence on school campuses at every level. Like every thinking human in America, I abhor gun violence on school campuses. I believe the consequences of gun violence in schools extends beyond school grounds. It affects the lives of tens of thousands of students. Students cannot learn if they feel unsafe. They cannot learn if their lives are traumatized by campus shootings.

The only solution to keep students and educators safe is not to arm teachers, other students, or campuses vigilantes. We cannot cure gun violence with more guns. We should prohibit guns on campuses except for law enforcement. We should provide universal background checks, ban assault-style weapons, and pass red flag laws. We should honor the Second Amendment in both its original language and as recently interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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