You'd have to be comatose if you missed these wake-up calls about unjustifiable risks degrading the quality of life around here.
Steve "The Homer" True, the radio voice of Marquette basketball, is in critical condition at Froedert Hospital with a serious head injury after his car was broad-sided in a busy Milwaukee intersection at 10 a.m. by an alleged drunk driver who ran a red light.
Stories like these, and worse, are routine in Wisconsin.
A day after True's car was hit, and on the same regional medical campus in Wauwatosa where he is being treated, an "active shooter" was captured in or near the neonatal unit of Children's Hospital.
"Active shooter" - - that we even have this term in our vocabulary - - in bars, residences, a day spa, a Brookfield church, an Oak Creek Temple, on Milwaukee streets - - speaks volumes about the ubiquity of guns around us.
And about the power of effective, well-financed lobbies that make firearms easily accessible.
These special interests are so strong that a gun industry liability shield law they pushed through Congress is making it hard for two severely-wounded Milwaukee police officers to sue an area gun store with a history of illegal sales for illegally selling the gun the eventual shooter used to wound them.
Other lobbies have paved the way for pain and misery by hobbling drunk-driving enforcement in Wisconsin, where your first offense is still a ticket (and a misdemeanor crime in all other states).
No one should be afraid to drive through a green light at Hampton and Fond du Lac Avenues - - and in a law-abiding way on any street or road in the state - - with state-enabled intoxicated motorists bearing down on them.
No one should take a child for medical care, or get a haircut or attend worship and encounter the threat of death-by-gun, but special interests and spineless public officials have enabled the most irresponsible among us to behave recklessly, injuriously, even fatally when armed or inebriated.
Also posted at Purple Wisconsin.