Wisconsin congressional delegates react to Obama's gun control plans


by Chris Patterson

U.S. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner

“I want to have open hearings on this, as Senator Leahy promised, rather than drafting proposals in secret like the Vice President’s task force.”

U.S. Congressman Tom Petri

"The President's heart is in the right place in wanting to help protect our children, and I agree with him that we should do a better job of identifying those who might be a danger to the community.  I'm skeptical about some of the gun control proposals because the fact is, Connecticut has strict gun control laws which didn't do any good in Newtown, but it also has insufficient mental health laws.  It's important we go about this the right way.  Some of the best solutions may not come from the President or Congress, and I do not want to see the Constitution ignored in the process.  I will be reviewing the President's proposals carefully."


U.S. Congressman Ron Kind

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) made the following statement regarding the President’s announcement today on his plan to reduce gun violence in America. 

“We have a responsibility to take care of the safety and security of all of our citizens. We must move forward with a long-overdue discussion but at the same time, we must also listen to the voices of law-abiding, safety-conscious gun owners in America.

“The President today highlighted a number of areas that we need to address to ensure this safety and rein in gun violence in our country. I commend President Obama and Vice President Biden for meeting with stakeholders on both sides of the issue to pursue solutions to reduce and prevent this violence.  As a former prosecutor, I agree that we must do a better job upholding the laws that prohibit criminals from having guns and ensuring dangerous people aren’t slipping through the cracks.  I support increased school safety initiatives so that our teachers and students are better protected with the help of additional officers and surveillance equipment. And we can and should be enforcing stricter penalties for gun trafficking to stop the spread of illegal weapons across our borders and among our communities.

“As an avid hunter and a representative of sportsmen and women in Wisconsin and across the country, I believe current law should be examined so as to allow law-abiding sportsmen to enjoy hunting but also to keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals and others who might misuse them. 

“The discussion is not over and there is still a lot to do. We must strike a balance between public safety and individual rights to really address the issue of gun violence and put into place reforms that work for and protect all Americans.”

Congesswoman Gwen Moore

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released the following statement following President Obama’s announcement of his proposal to prevent and reduce gun violence through the implementation of 23 executive actions and calling on Congress to take a series of steps to ban military-style assault weapons, ban high-capacity assault magazines, strengthen our background check system, and address a series of other challenges:

“Unfortunately, my home state of Wisconsin has seen a rash of gun violence over the past year, including a shooting at a local area Sikh Temple which left seven people dead and a shooting in Brookfield that took the lives of three members of our community.

“Today’s actions by President Obama are a good first step at addressing the rampant gun violence that plagues our nation. It is my hope that we will now demonstrate the will to see that these initiatives are enacted and take root in our communities.

“It is past time that we address this issue. As a Member of Congress I am committed to working with my colleagues to implement these common sense and much needed actions so that we can begin to build safer neighborhoods for everyone – especially our children.”


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