Arthur Frommer (the name means “pious” in German) has decided that the state of Arizona is just too nasty and dangerous to enter, because the people there are allowed to carry guns in public, oh the horror! You’d think he could deal with it, given that Uncle Sam himself trained Frommer in their use. But that was pre-AR15, and he doesn’t seem to have realized that the civilian-use version is not auto-fire and thus not in any accurate sense an “assault rifle”. And those civilians were carrying somewhat in proximity to Frommer’s Lord, which only compounds the horror.
“I am not yet certain whether I would advocate a travel boycott by others of the state of Arizona,” he says, thus advocating a boycott while giving himself plausible deniability. Well, “I am not yet certain whether I would advocate a boycott of certain travel writers.” But if Frommer actually thinks that AZ is more dangerous than NYC (where he has lived, and perhaps lives now), one has to question the accuracy of any information on personal safety that he would give to a traveller. And Arizona is, I’m sure, better off without anyone who would follow his advice.