Milwaukee leaders decry ‘tidal wave’ of gun violence, together with wounding of 5 outdoors Rufus King Excessive College | WUWM 89.7 FM

In two developments on the problem of gun violence, appearing Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson mentioned the town is preventing “a tidal wave,” and Democratic state lawmakers have introduced a plan to attempt to decelerate the acquisition of handguns.

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Milwaukee police briefed the information media Wednesday about 5 girls being wounded by gunfire outdoors Rufus King Excessive College Tuesday night. Police mentioned the shootings occurred as a crowd gathered round a battle between two ladies after a ladies’ highschool basketball sport. The battle, police mentioned, stemmed from a social media dispute. The police division mentioned in the course of the altercation, a person fired a gun a number of occasions, injuring the 5.

Johnson mentioned he’d have most well-liked to spend the day speaking about financial growth in Milwaukee. “However right here we’re once more, speaking about this tidal wave of gun violence that has simply been overwhelming our metropolis,” he mentioned.

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Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman mentioned particulars of the Rufus King shootings are nonetheless being investigated, however he is upset that it seems few, if any, of the onlookers tried to interrupt up the battle outdoors the college peacefully and that as an alternative, an grownup began firing a gun.

“Granted, now we have to know you wish to be secure. We do not need you stepping into the fray and placing your self into hurt. However having adults reply to a state of affairs like this and use that degree of violence is unacceptable! Unacceptable on all ranges! And I’ve this message for adults who do not perceive what which means: Accountability is actual! This isn’t going to be tolerated on this metropolis! Completely not!” Norman emphasised.

Arnitta Holliman directs the Milwaukee Workplace of Violence Prevention. She additionally referred to as on adults to defuse stress. “At this level, both you assist us on this battle to forestall and interrupt violence, or you’re a bystander whereas blood is shed,” Holliman mentioned.

As of Wednesday night, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner reported 27 homicides within the county this 12 months, nearly all within the metropolis of Milwaukee.

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Dr. James Nosal speaks at a state Capitol information convention, as Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) appears to be like on.

Different communities within the state are additionally involved about gun violence. Two Madison legislators wish to convey again Wisconsin’s 48-hour ready interval for handgun purchases. Solar Prairie Dr. James Nosal mentioned his daughter Caroline was killed in 2016 by a former co-worker who was fired at some point, purchased a gun and shot Caroline the following.

“I am not going to face right here and let you know {that a} 48-hour ready interval would have saved my daughter’s life. But it surely might need given a troubled younger man time to recover from his anger,” he mentioned.

Only a 12 months prior, Republican Gov. Scott Walker helped do away with the ready interval, claiming a nationwide immediate background verify system made the ready requirement out of date.

GOP leaders of the Wisconsin Senate and Meeting didn’t reply Wednesday to WUWM’s request for remark.

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