One can almost see the drooling enthusiasm from those in the Wisconsin Legislature who carry water for the National Rifle Association. Nothing gets a politician, be it Republican or Democrat, so excited as knowing they are about to reap campaign dollars for doing the bidding of a political master. That is, at the end of the day, what the concealed carry issue is all about.
The NRA has run this issue up the flagpole, and too many legislators are only too glad to comply with the wishes of the powerful lobbyists. After all, elected officials in the statehouse are always interested in being rewarded with campaign donations. And the NRA always has plenty of cash to spread around.
I am not sure where all those who harbor a strong need to carry a concealed gun live, but I can assure my readers I have never once encountered anyone who told me they wished to do so. I have, however, spoken with many in both urban and rural settings who have confirmed what logic tells us about this issue.
More handguns being carried can only result in headlines no one wants to read. My readers only need to talk to law enforcement to better understand the pitfalls of concealed carry. As we know law enforcement is not a den of liberals so their views are important to consider.
Concerns have been registered across this state about many aspects to concealed carry. From whether there should be training required for those in dire need of carrying a concealed gun, to whether a permit and license should be required and that list made known to the public.
This whole issue of concealed carry has drawn much attention, and rightly so. After all, we get to walk among the armed ones and have no way to know what will prompt one of them to fire their weapon.
It was reported today in the newspaper that a legislative amendment is being proposed by State Senator Galloway that would allow for an optional permit so a concealed gun could be carried close to a school. What in heavens name can be gained from such a proposal?! After reading that I had to again ask myself what is happening to this state.
Why do I think the need for this legislation matches that of the voter ID bill to limit voter fraud. Constructing a need for a bill is a strange way to shape public policy. Yet, that is what is happening in this state.
I just do not see the clamor for this concealed carry bill from the electorate. Instead I see a drive by a powerful interest group that wants to score a victory. I also see cash-hungry politicians who will dance for whatever dollars they can rake in for the next election. Sadly, I also see too few principled politicians who will stand up and denounce this shameful idea of allowing folks to carry a concealed gun.
Wisconsin citizens need to contact their elected officials and demand sanity again prevail when it comes to shaping public policy. The best interests of the state are not those of the NRA. It is time elected officials recognize who they really work for!