WI Gun proposal has promise

A bipartisan group of state legislators is taking an important step to make Milwaukee streets safer and keep guns out of of the hands of criminals. The group’s proposal deserves the support of citizens, other legislators and the governor, and should become law.

1/31/17
Journal Sentinel

Gun shop owners join effort to prevent suicide

A sheriff’s detective walked into Chuck Lovelace’s gun shop in Mount Horeb this spring and delivered unsettling news: A man who had bought a handgun at the shop a few days earlier used it to kill himself.

“My wife was devastated because she sold him the gun,” said Lovelace, owner of Essential Shooting Supplies. “It really opens your eyes.”

Concealed Carry Hasn’t Prevented Crime

Aggravated assault with guns has risen 43% since concealed carry legalized.
By Chris Walker
Urban Milwaukee

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Young Guns: How Gun Violence Is Devastating The Millennial Generation

American children and teenagers are four times more likely to die by gunfire than their counterparts in Canada, seven times more likely than young people in Israel, and 65 times more likely to be killed with a gun than children and teenagers in the United Kingdom.

There is a crisis of youth gun violence in this country.

She Just Wanted to Grow Up Without Being Shot

Less than a month after asking a Milwaukee police officer, ‘Will you keep me safe?’ 9-year-old Za’layia got a tragic answer—as she watched TV in her own home.

Police Capt. Shunta Boston-Smith of the Milwaukee Police was on a goodwill stroll of Milwaukee’s north side in late April when she paused to jump rope with 9-year-old Za’layia Jenkins.

A Toddler, a Loose Gun in a Car, and a Mother Dies

No one can know for sure what was in the mind of the person who fired the shot that killed a woman as she drove through Milwaukee on Tuesday. The shooter was 2 years old.

The woman who died on State Highway 175 was Patrice Price, 26, the Milwaukee County sheriff’s office said Wednesday, and the gun was in the hands of her own toddler.

How Guns Could Censor College Classrooms

Campus-carry laws, like the one going into effect in Texas, pose a profound threat to free speech.

The Atlantic
ByFirmin DeBrabander

“Be careful discussing sensitive topics.” “Drop certain topics from your curriculum.” “[Don’t] ‘go there’ if you sense anger.”

Say "No" to Guns on Campus!

A reckless bill being pushed across the country would force universities to allow loaded guns inside campus buildings -- putting students and faculty in danger. Send a message to your elected officials letting them know you oppose this legislation.

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A New Way to Tackle Gun Deaths

We’ve mourned too often, seen too many schools and colleges devastated by shootings, watched too many students get an education in grief. It’s time for a new approach to gun violence.

We’re angry, but we also need to be smart. And frankly, liberal efforts, such as the assault weapons ban, were poorly designed and saved few lives, while brazen talk about banning guns just sparked a backlash that empowered the National Rifle Association.

Gun Laws Associated With Lower Suicide Rates

A new study has found that four gun laws are significantly associated with lower rates of firearm suicide.

"Researchers gathered data on the presence or absence of four firearm laws in each state: waiting periods for gun purchases, background checks for purchase or licensing, hand gun locks, and restrictions on the open carrying of handguns. Then they collected the data on gun suicide rates in each state. The study is in The American Journal of Public Health.