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Gov. Evers open to more special sessions on gun safety proposals

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) — Governor Tony Evers said he is still considering maintaining pressure on Republicans in the Legislature to act on gun safety proposals.

Evers answered questions on the topic at a news conference at the State Capitol Monday, Nov. 18.

In October, the governor called for a special session for the Legislature to take up two proposals put forth by Democrats. One would establish universal background checks on nearly all firearm sales and the other would establish extreme risk protection orders, also known as red flag laws.

Both proposals have at least 80 percent support among Wisconsinites according to the most recent Marquette University Law School Poll.

But Republican leadership, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, opposed those ideas and refused to hold a debate or vote on the bills, instead opting to gavel in the special session and gavel out almost immediately.

Evers has said prior that if Republicans refuse to act on the proposals, he may consider calling more special sessions until they do. On Monday, the governor said he is still thinking about going that route.

“I maintain the option of doing that in the future but I don’t have an immediate plan to do so,” Evers said. “Certainly, we’re disappointed in, I can’t even say it was a result, of the lack of interest of taking on this issue.”

The Assembly and Senate do not have any more scheduled session days for the remainder of the year, but should the governor call another special session, they would be required, at minimum, to have a skeletal session to gavel in and gavel out.

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GeneRalno 16 days ago
Why object to "universal" background checks? These laws would severely punish tens of millions of mourning widows who failed to run background checks on those who were promised their dead husbands' firearms. Usually, those would be their children. But clearly, NONE OF THIS DEMOCRAT HYSTERIA IS JUSTIFIED and it won’t help them.

Universal background check laws are again being trumpeted to hoodwink owners with Bloomberg's rhetoric. Democrats hope owners won't read his 2018 data because it reveals gun homicides declined seven percent and injuries declined 10 percent. Fatal child shootings (under 18) declined 12 percent and unintentional shootings plummeted 21 percent.

What they really want is to register transfers between mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors. They're after inheritances, bequeathals, gifts and sales of inherited collections, however small they are.

A transfer includes selling, giving, lending, returning, renting, or simply handing a firearm to another person or any action that causes a firearm to be transferred from one law-abiding person to another law-abiding person. The recent addition of “stranger-to-stranger” sales would only be effective if outlaws suddenly began asking the government’s permission to buy guns.

But amid all this high hysteria, democrats ignore and hope we won’t notice the fact that all the major crime indicators are trending downward. Bloomberg wants everyone to believe the nation is in crisis, suffering an epidemic, but folks, there is no crisis, no epidemic. They don’t want to admit that it’s OK for government to declare victory and watch the crime rates decline.

Since 1991, the murder rate has fallen by 45 percent and the overall violent crime rate has fallen by 48 percent. And since 1999, the statistical probability of a student being killed in school, on any given day by a gun has been one in 614 million. Your odds of winning the lottery are 1 in 300 million. The chances of your child being kidnapped are about one in 300,000.

Generally, shooting incidents involving students have been declining since the '90s. Fact is all but three mass shooters in recent history passed a background check. Two stole their rifles. The other one bought from a guy who assembled it from parts and sold it from home. Long guns are used in less than 2% of firearm homicides.

A footnote to data from 1998 through 2015 reveals the United States has about 4.6 percent of the world population, but makes up only about 1.1 percent of the mass public shooters over that period. Seems we shouldn’t strive to change that. During that time, citizens were buying a record number of firearms.

In 2018, more than 26 million requests were submitted to the National Instant Background System, a general indicator of firearms purchased. That number was exceeded only by 27.5 million in 2016 when purchasers were mortified that Hillary might be elected.

Democrats want US citizens to believe making the U.S. safer for criminals will make it safer for their victims. Ask yourself, do you believe being disarmed makes you safer? What kind of political leader would disarm his people while howling about the peril they face?
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