Travel King Frommer to Boycott Arizona Over Guns

Won't set foot in state with gun-packing protesters
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2009 5:41 AM CDT
An Arizona landscape Arthur Frommer won't be seeing anytime soon.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Travel guide dynasty founder Arthur Frommer is personally boycotting the state of Arizona to protest state gun laws that allowed heavily armed demonstrators to gather outside an Obama speech, Gawker reports. The elder statesman of travel writers, 80, said that while he's not sure yet whether he wants to encourage others in a boycott, he "will not personally travel in a state where civilians carry loaded weapons onto the sidewalks and as a means of political protest."

The "continued tolerance of extremists carrying guns is a frightening development which strikes at the heart of the political process and endangers the ability to carry out a reasoned debate," Frommer wrote in his blog.