Like many, I am devastated by the gun deaths sweeping our country. How much more do we have to endure before leaders will act to protect the innocent?
As we discuss some of the solutions being put forward, I think it’s worth tackling some of the red herrings you may have heard from those seeking to explain away taking meaningful action.
There is no strong correlation for people with mental health issues using violence against others. In fact, research shows that they are ten times more likely to have violence perpetrated on them.
Also, video games are not a cause of gun violence. Studies show this. Other countries have violent video games but don’t have anywhere near the number of gun deaths we do.
It can no longer be politically expedient to do the bidding of those who are only seeking to sell more guns while the majority of the population is demanding our elected leaders to do the bare minimum of their jobs: enact laws to keep us safe. We, as a community, not only deserve this, we should expect it.
I want to see Wisconsin return to sanity and pass reasonable gun laws that enforce universal background checks, restore the 48-hour waiting period, and bar domestic abusers from obtaining firearms. We can do more. We must do more. Here are the bills I have cosponsored to help protect Wisconsinites:
AB431: Universal background checks
AB269: Prohibits investment board from investing in firearms companies
AB507: Prohibiting a fugitive from justice from possessing a firearm and providing a criminal penalty
AB336: Waiting period for purchase of handguns
AB527: Directs the Department of Health Services to award grants to organizations for sharing guidelines and training staff at firearm retailers/firearm ranges on avoiding selling firearms to persons who may be considering suicide, providing materials relating to suicide prevention, and providing voluntary firearm storage.
SB376: Aligns state law with federal law so that if an individual is convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, they would be prohibited from possessing a firearm under state law.
The legis.wisconsin.gov website list includes a list of all of the legislation I’ve introduced this session, where you can search for legislation based on keyword, topic, or bill number, and see committee schedules.