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Getting tough on crime



Politicians like to tell us they are tough on crime. It is one of their favorite refrains on the campaign trail. But it means very little if their talk doesn’t turn into action.  In Wisconsin, how long has it been since those we elect to office have actually passed laws that change the rules determining how lawbreakers are treated by the courts? It has been a long time, especially since our full-time lawmakers rarely meet anymore. But lawmakers in Madison have finally unveiled actual legislation calling for greater punishment for felons found in possession of guns. The bill says those felons found in possession of guns be required to spend five years in prison. Currently the five year term is a maximum. This bill wouldn’t prevent felons from acquiring and possessing guns, but it would lock them up longer if they do. This bill has been introduced with bipartisan support and has the support of the Wisconsin police chiefs. Our legislators should pass this bill, and show us, not just tell us, that they are in fact getting tough on crime.

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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