Extra gun legal guidelines or higher enforcement? Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he is aware of the reply | WUWM 89.7 FM

The shootings that wounded 21 individuals in downtown Milwaukee a number of nights in the past are a stark reminder of gun violence within the space. There have been greater than 80 murder victims in Milwaukee this 12 months — nicely above final 12 months at the moment, and practically 90% of these individuals have been shot to loss of life.

How the murder problem will play out on this fall’s elections is tough to say. However within the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race, incumbent Republican Ron Johnson says weapons usually are not the issue.

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson speaks to the information media on Could 14.

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson instructed information reporters after the 21 individuals had been shot that regardless of what Republicans generally contend, Milwaukee is hardly mushy on crime.

“This isn’t a partisan factor. That is about lives. This isn’t partisan in any respect. We have had incidents throughout this state the place individuals get shot by people who ought to haven’t had weapons, OK? In our metropolis, we do our job. The cops, they go on the market, they catch the dangerous guys, they take the weapons off the road. We do not management gun legal guidelines on the native degree. I want that we did, however we do not,” Mayor Johnson stated Saturday.

The wounding of 21 individuals, and murder deaths of others within the metropolis, come a number of weeks after Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson invited information media to talk with him after he visited a gun present in Waukesha County. WUWM requested the Republican in regards to the excessive variety of homicides in Milwaukee, and nationwide figures displaying extra youngsters are being shot to loss of life.

Johnson replied: “You might have criminals and you’ve got shooters. OK? I do not know why the left all the time desires responsible the gun and absolve the felony. I need to put the felony in jail, and hold him in jail. I feel that will in all probability be the higher factor, by way of an answer right here. And no matter gun management legal guidelines we now have, implement them. We do not try this. We do not. We do not implement the legal guidelines in place.”

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A number of of the Democrats working towards Sen. Johnson this 12 months have referred to as for added gun legal guidelines. The Democratic Social gathering of Wisconsin final week declined to do an interview. However, in a written assertion, a celebration spokesperson stated, “Johnson continues to disregard the realities going through Wisconsinites, and as an alternative is targeted on pushing his self-serving agenda at Wisconsin’s expense.”

Jeri Bonavia of Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) Academic Fund says Sen. Johnson’s opposition to extra gun legal guidelines is out of contact with what polls present most individuals need.

“So, he’s working towards the pursuits of his constituents, whether or not they’re gun house owners or not, and as an alternative standing with the gun foyer. Their curiosity is growing the income of the gun business, not ensuring the residents together with gun house owners are safer on this state,” Bonavia says.

Bonavia emphasizes her group just isn’t making an endorsement within the Senate race.

However her issues come as nationwide consultants on gun violence warn in regards to the emergence of a more recent kind of firearm — ghost weapons. These are arduous to hint weapons, privately assembled from elements or kits, even by people in houses. Garen Wintemute is a professor of Emergency Medication on the College of Califiornia-Davis. He says ghost weapons are widespread in his state.

“Right here in California, these weapons account for 30% to 50% of all of the firearms recovered by legislation enforcement businesses after use in a criminal offense. And, it is solely a matter of time earlier than this wave catches on in different states, together with in Wisconsin,” Wintemute tells WUWM.

President Joe Biden this spring introduced a more durable coverage on ghost weapons. When requested about that initiative, Sen. Johnson once more pointed a finger at Democrats: “Till they really get severe about implementing legal guidelines, conserving criminals in jail, I am not going to be worrying about new legal guidelines.”

Biden and First Woman Jill Biden will journey to Buffalo Tuesday to grieve with the neighborhood that misplaced 10 lives in a mass taking pictures there on Saturday.

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