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Small steps to reducing gun violence



I’ve heard it said many times since Tuesday’s school shooting in Texas. There is nothing we can do to prevent these tragedies. Some friends of mine feel that way, but I can’t endorse such hopelessness. There are several steps that could be taken to reduce gun violence and hopefully prevent the next mass shooting. In Wisconsin, Governor Evers proposed, two years ago, that the state adopt universal background checks for all gun purchases. Currently only those who buy guns at licensed dealers have to undergo a background check. That is a huge loophole, and could be easily closed. Evers also proposed what is called a Red Flag Law, which would allow, under certain circumstances, a person to petition the court to temporarily remove weapons from those who seem intent on committing harm. It is controversial, but could be effective. Under the law, a family member could petition the court to hold a hearing to determine if someone in possession of a gun may be intent on using it. Only if that person is deemed a threat, or unstable, would their guns be removed. Once the court is assured the person is no longer a threat, their weapons would be returned to them. These steps wouldn’t guarantee an end to mass shootings, but that is a far cry from not being able to do anything.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Thomas Lane

    May 27, 2022 at 7:12 am

    The kid in Texas bought his firearms legally. His friends said he was a bit of a wacko, but nobody said/did anything beforehand to fix the problem. If nobody does anything, and the laws on the books are not enforced, then what good will more laws on the books do to stem the flood of evil???

  2. Chip DeNure

    May 27, 2022 at 9:27 am

    What about police in school buildings, or armed teachers. Those would be big steps to prevent school massacres. But the libs won’t go for those reasonable rational proposals. They operate by emotion

  3. R head

    May 27, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Should we get back ground check for knives, how about cars? The less government is in our business the better of we all are! Buy another gun today.

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