An interview with the candidates
Whether it’s plunking tin cans in the backyard, competitive trap shooting or the annual pilgrimage to the family deer hunting shack, Wisconsin’s outdoor heritage is part of what makes it such a great place to live.
As strong supporters of our 2nd Amendment Rights, we must remain vigilant to protect our rights and our outdoor traditions from those that seek to impose onerous and unconstitutional restrictions on them.
During my years in the Wisconsin Legislature and as Milwaukee County Executive, I have always fought to protect our rights and have a consistent A+ rating from the NRA. As Governor, I will continue to make sure that Wisconsin citizens can own and use firearms as the founders intended when they crafted our state and federal constitutions.
I was a cosponsor of the original concealed carry legislation in 1999 and will always support Wisconsin adopting a reasonable and workable concealed carry law. It’s our right, but it’s also good public policy. Studies have consistently shown reductions in crime in states with concealed carry laws due to criminals’ fear that their potential victims might be armed. Even though I know that most Wisconsin citizens will choose not to carry, the presence of those who do will make our communities safer.
Homeowners should also know that their home is truly their castle, which is why I support clarifying Wisconsin law to allow for the use of deadly force in defending your own home from intruders. Wisconsin’s hunters should also be trusted to place their unloaded deer rifles on their tailgate without getting pinched by a DNR warden. We must also curb frivolous lawsuits so that firearms manufacturers are not put out of business by over-zealous trial attorneys.
I support Range Protection laws to maintain a safe environment for our law enforcement officers and other law-abiding citizens to practice gun safety. I am also committed to using a significant share of Wisconsin’s Pittman-Robertson funds for range improvement. Under Gov. Jim Doyle’s tenure, not one penny of PR funding has been used for this purpose.
I oppose mandatory gun registration, legislation that seeks to close so-called “gun show loopholes,” and ill-conceived ideas like micro-stamping. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of my opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who has stood side-by-side with the radical anti-gun community and their freedom-limiting agenda.
Gun owners must also be responsible citizens. That’s why I also support reasonable straw-buyer restrictions and increased penalties for those who knowingly purchase a stolen gun. We must also assure stiff penalties for those that use a gun when committing a crime.
The 2nd Amendment is the guarantor of all of our other rights. Working together, I know we can preserve the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. As Governor, I will always be a friend of the gun owner, a friend of the competitive shooter, a friend of the hunter and, most importantly, a friend of freedom.
Maybe he's like you and much as you like him. Or he could be waiting to be Gov, snit can this train and use the bail out funds for real transportation.
I'm not so sure I'd go so far as to "hang" the collapsed parking structure on Scott Walker, I just believe it illustrates the general philosophy of "neglect" that is benignly passed off as "fiscal responsibility".
Sure, I don't like him PERSONALLY,
Has nothing to do with politics, trust me.
Just seems like yet another election where we must select "the lesser of two evils".
We're not REALLY going to vote based upon "management philosophies of managing the whitetail deer herd".
I appreciate Scott Walker's message of fiscal responsibility, really, I do. It's just that every time I plow my truck through yet another pothole I would appreciate him busting out at least a couple of bucks to repair our infrastructure instead of bragging about all the money he's saved. Let's see, roads in disrepair, parking structures collapsing, Yeah, we're in great shape.
It's sad, really, the pathetic choices we have for Governor.
And Tom Barrett.....oh gawd.