Frommer Announces Arizona Travel Boycott; Do You Agree?
Travel guru Art Frommer proclaimed on his blog recently that he's putting a moratorium on vacationing in Arizona because of its lax gun laws. To clarify his position, Frommer said he was alarmed that the state's gun statutes allowed about a dozen armed people, including one toting an assault rifle, to sit outside a place where President Obama was speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He said:
I will not personally travel in a state where civilians carry loaded weapons onto the sidewalks and as a means of political protest. I not only believe such practices are a threat to the future of our democracy, but I am firmly convinced that they would also endanger my own personal safety there. And therefore I will cancel any plans to vacation or otherwise visit in Arizona until I learn more.
Just reading this actually freaks us out similarly, and it speaks to Frommer's resolve that he can so strongly declare a boycott of a state that boasts the Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu's London Bridge, and the red rocks of Sedona. But put all of the tourist sites aside and simply consider your safety.
Are there any destinations you refuse to visit? Is your decision based upon moral or political reasons, or were you swayed by factors like safety? Please tell us about your personal travel boycotts or concerns in the comments! Help a fellow traveler out.
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