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Onalaska state Sen. Pfaff, La Crosse students want more gun safety regulations in Wisconsin



A new call for gun safety laws in Wisconsin is being made by a La Crosse area lawmaker and local college students.

State Sen. Brad Pfaff (D-Onalaska), along with students Em Anderson and Evan Smazel from UW-La Crosse, spoke outside the La Crosse County Courthouse on Friday, about gun-related violence at schools.

Anderson spoke from her own personal experience. She was attending Waukesha South High School in 2019, when another student brought a weapon and ended up being shot and wounded by police.

Anderson said her class thought the incident was a drill, until the emergency lasted for several minutes.

“Later, we learned that the student’s gun was not real,” said Anderson, but the trauma she experienced was real. “And yet, we were all still expected to go to school the next day, as if nothing had happened.”

Smazel recited a list of recent school shootings around the country, and asked “How much longer are we going to allow this list to get?”

Pfaff added that gun safety bills are being passed in Congress, but he claims that some politicians are blocking new gun laws out of support for the National Rifle Association.

“This should not be a controversial topic, to insure that our children can go to school, go to a mall, or go to a movie theater without fear that it may be the last thing they do,” Pfaff said.

The state Democratic Party says the Pfaff event in La Crosse was timed to coincide with former President Donald Trump’s speech to the NRA annual meeting, and to accuse the former president and the GOP of supporting bills that would make schools and communities less safe.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Martha Linville

    February 12, 2024 at 9:18 am

    I think more of our like minded elected officials should speak out on this subject. It is vitally important and a majority of people, including gun owners, are in favor of more regulation and control of guns to prevent these continuing tragedies. We should not just “get over it” or put up with such lax rules when it concerns student lives.

    • Lucenut

      February 14, 2024 at 1:48 pm

      A majority of people favor the constitution you nincompoop! It says right there in the rules (Bill of Rights) “…shall not be infringed.”

  2. Walden

    February 12, 2024 at 10:06 am

    It seems Pfaff wants regulation on toy gun owners, since a toy gun is the culprit in this case.

    Meaningless Pfaff photo op #327.

  3. David

    February 12, 2024 at 12:42 pm

    Despite Mr. Pfaff’s assertion, politicians are not blocking new gun laws in support of the NRA, they’re blocking them in support of the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Want to change the 2nd Amendment? There is a constitutionally-accepted process for that.

  4. Roy

    February 12, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    But we all know that the Democrats push to “gun safety” is really a euphemism for gun control.

    The term “gun safety” is a universally supported term, especially for moms…..ah dear moms.
    But the Democrats are not talking about “safety”, unless you agree that the the ultimate safety would be the government confiscation of all guns. Now, wouldn’t that be safe for….gangsters, robbers, assaulters, rapists, revolutionaries and all the other creeps that come out of the shadows when they know they won’t be shot by private citizens.

    Senator Pfaff ignores what all liberals ignore-The states and cities with the strictest gun laws have the highest gun crime rates. Brad is a farm boy, or says he is. He knows farmers all have guns. So he calls it “gun safety”.

  5. Mitey Mite

    February 13, 2024 at 11:35 pm

    Where was Pfaff when the La Crosse School District decided to reduce the presence of School Resource Officers?

    • Kevin

      February 19, 2024 at 7:25 am

      Nailed it, where were these students when the SROs were being reduced? They were hiding under their desks afraid of the badges and uniforms is my guess.

  6. Backyard

    February 14, 2024 at 11:20 pm

    Have these azzho7e Dems ever done anything to improve the lives of working taxpayers? All they want to do is control and tax.

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