Thursday, September 19, 2019

GOP gerrymandered WI legislature to nix gun violence measures

Low-caliber legislators are enabling high-caliber, higher-velocity gun suffering.

The GOP leaders controlling the state legislature they gerrymandered announced opposition to measures expanding gun-buyers' background checks and temporarily removing guns from the possession of a person showing threatening signs of violence or mental instability until a judge assesses the evidence. 

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, along with Senate Majority leader and current, all-in-for-Trump Congressional candidate Scott Fitzgerald, are linking their opposition Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's proposal that assault rifle owners be required to turn in their weapons for a mandatory buyback program - - an idea which Evers said he'd think about but give no priority.

That Wisconsin's GOP leaders elevated Evers' at-best tepid reaction to O'Rourke's suggestion tells you that Fitzgerald, and Vos, 

Robin Vos speaks at Racine Tea Party event (8378614585).jpg

are more interested in playing a game of rhetorical distraction for the NRA's benefit, while opposing reasonable measures which would help prevent mass shootings, gun battles with police officers, suicides and other targeted killings in the workplace or home.

Note the overwhelming support for the measures which Fitzgerald and Vos say they oppose, and can kill in the Legislature without having to schedule votes - - which could hurt their party's incumbents at the polls - - by merely preventing them from coming to their chambers' respective floors.

Marquette University Law School poll this month found 81% of registered voterssupported red-flag legislation. The same poll showed 80% backed universal background checks.

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