Democrats in the statehouse are calling upon their fellow lawmakers to make a change. They say this week’s historic mass shooting in Las Vegas, which left nearly 60 dead and more than 500 injured, could have been prevented.
One of the Democrats leading the charge is State Representative Melissa Sargent. She says, “there are actions we can take today, measurable actions that we can take, and we are dedicated and determined to be able to move forward for our communities.”
She and her colleagues are putting forward a joint assembly resolution to denounce the Las Vegas killer and all “gun inspired terrorism.”
Representative Chris Taylor is also looking for concrete solutions. She says that despite knowing these types of incidents are on the rise, no one is taking action. She also denounces the effort to loosen gun laws, including a bill that is currently making its way through the Legislature that would allow concealed carry of a firearm without a permit.
Jeri Bonavia of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence effort is asking lawmakers to address violence as a public health issue, and Chase Tarrier of End Abuse Wisconsin points to the link between gun control and domestic violence.
They want stricter gun regulations, and for Republicans to recognize the link between loose gun restrictions and violent crime. WORT producer Nina Kravinsky has more on the story.